I’ve noticed, in the last few years, that I have come to the place where I want everything I do to have significance. Specifically, I really want to find ways to add value to the life of every person I meet and every situation that I encounter; probably has something to do with middle age, but I hope there is something spiritual about it as well.
In all seriousness, I do believe that a mark of spiritual enlightenment and maturity is when we learn to view our world with an outward focus rather than inward.
Before I go any further I know that I have a long way to go in this area. I will be the first to admit that I am the son of Father Adam and Mother Eve, and as such, I am prone to self-centered behaviors and perspectives. I’m just glad that I am learning to see the big picture on a more consistent basis. Simply stated, the big picture is learning to see things as God sees them; it is gaining a godly perspective that translates into the understanding that we have a Kingdom responsibility to serve others. That is what Paul had in mind (I think) when he wrote in 1 Corinthians 12:7, “A spiritual gift is given to each of us as a means of helping the entire church.” He followed up that thought later in 14:12 in saying, “since you are so eager to have spiritual gifts, ask God for those that will be of real help to the whole church.”
John Maxwell teaches that the level of leadership we should all be striving for is that level at which we are investing in other people’s personal development. Our influence is not based on our position or any other authority other than the value and significance we have added to their lives.
That requires us laying down our spiritual and emotional brokenness that is manifested in self-absorbed behavior and allowing the Holy Spirit to lead us to a place of wholeness so that we are free to serve others the way Jesus did.