And I, brethren, could not speak to you as to spiritual men, but as to men of flesh, as to infants in Christ. I gave you milk to drink, not solid food; for you were not yet able to receive it. Indeed, even now you are not yet able, for you are still fleshly. For since there is jealousy and strife among you, are you not fleshly, and are you not walking like mere men? – 1 Corinthians 3:1-3
You cannot grow in Christ if your affections are not set on him. When your eyes are trained on people, you cannot please God. Jesus said, “Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me” (John 15:4).
You must be focused on pleasing God and fulfilling the assignment that he has given you. Your assignment is to be salt and light. You will either irritate Satan and shine light on his darkness or you will be an accomplice. God is looking for new creatures in Christ Jesus that will take the time to develop, sustain, and grow the gifts and power that he gives all his children.
You stagnate when you’re looking harder at me or another Christian than you are looking into the Bible and spending time in prayer. If you are significantly distracted by what another Christian is doing, it is because you are not bearing any fruit and that is dangerous. Jesus told the man with one talent to give his talent to the one who had ten talents and for that unprofitable servant he sent him to hell, where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth.
Every company you may work for wants to see growth. You entered this company January 2016 and by April 2016, you should not be at the same level of competence at January 2016. Fast forward to December 2016 there should be more growth. If your knowledge has not changed from January 2016 to December 2016, you will be looking for a new job.
Becoming a Christian is a profession. It is the ultimate profession within professions. It is the most important relationship you can develop on earth. It is the only relationship that produces eternal fruit and happiness. Remember, if my eyes are critically trained on others, this means I am spending too little time on focusing my vision on Jesus.
Are you meditating upon a passage of Scripture both day and night? No. That is why you have time for strife and jealousy. Change it. Be focused on Growth.