“When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.” (1Cor. 13:11)
“I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.” (Psalm 32:8)
God wants us to grow up in Christ to a point where the circumstances around us are not directing our decisions nor are they having to drive us to prayer crying for God to intervene.
God wants to direct us with his eye, but the only way that can happen is if we are looking at Him instead of looking at circumstances.
In the Gospel of Matthew we read of the time that Peter walked on the water:
“And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water.” (Matt. 14:28)
“And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus.” (Matt. 14:29)
“But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me.” (Matt. 14:30)
As long as Peter was looking at Jesus, he walked on the water. It wasn’t until he turned his eyes to look at the wind and waves (his circumstances) that he began to sink.
Just as someone can direct us to the right or left by glancing in that direction if we are looking at their face, God wants to direct us if we are looking at Him.
Whether we are reading the Bible, in prayer, in worship, or even in our daily routine, the mature Christian is always looking to Jesus.
“Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Heb. 12:2)
In conclusion, walking in the son-ship of Jesus Christ, walking in spiritual maturity, is setting your heart to walk as Jesus walked:
“Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:” (Philippians 2:5)
To be like Christ is not in the amount or degree of religious activity, but in love for your fellow man.
To be like Christ is to not be moved by adversity or circumstance, but to know the love of the Father and trust in him.
To be like Christ is to deny self, to be humble, and say “Thy will not mine be done.”
To be like Christ is to be a mature son led by the Holy Spirit.
“For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.” (Rom. 8:14)