When I talk about doctrine, it's NOT about me, it's about scripture, it's about His thoughts and His ways (Isaiah 55:8-11). When I talk about change, it's NOT about me, it's for Him and His kingdom (Matt 6:33), for we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. (Eph 6:12). When I talk about growth, it's NOT about me, it's so that, indeed, I can count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, and for his sake suffer the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ (Php 3:8-11). When I talk about maturity, it's NOT about me, it's so that we can all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes (Eph 4:11-16).
Why do I focus on growth? Because God desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth (2 Tim 2:4). Because we have been given the mind of Christ (1Cor 2:12-16) and should use it. Because we should learn from Him since He
is able to do exceedingly abundantly more than we ask or think (Eph
3:20) and, as Paul prayed on his knees, so that according to the riches
of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ
may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and
grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints
what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the
love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God (Eph 3:16-19)
It's not for me I want to live, but for Him.