The depth of a person’s spiritual maturity is revealed by his greatest desire. In John 21:15-19, we can see that a mature person desires to be a parent, and only a mature believer desires to be a spiritual parent.
What are your spiritual desires? Do you desire to care for Christ’s flock? Are you self-focused in your faith or are you other-focused.
The other-focused individual has “nailed” themselves to the Cross of Christ in order to possess the heart of Christ and grow to spiritual maturity.
The spiritually mature person is a person that is moved with compassion. Matthew 9:35-38 gives us a picture of compassion towards the crowd. Here we can look into the mirror of God’s word and see how we see the crowd. Are they a nuisance, an inconvenience, or an opportunity to show the love of God.
God wants to clarify and redirect our view of the crowd so that you and I will see and feel what He does.
You will never be great in God until God is great in you! John the Baptist said,
He must increase, and I must decrease (John 3:30).
There is simply no way that you or I can say that we are spiritual people until we are willing to die to ourselves. We will only become great in God to the degree that we become less in ourselves.
The daily challenge of every Christian is that he will somehow put to death some part of himself that has retained “life in the flesh.”
This is how an individual Christian can come to “walk in the spirit” and achieve the greatness that God in Christ has provided for him.
There is no short cut.