1 Corinthians 3:7 (NIV)
7 So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow.
In 1 Corinthians 3:1-9 Paul identifies another problem that was hurting his church in Corinth: spiritual immaturity. What are the signs that a Christian is immature? Here's one: focusing excessively on people. That's what was going on in the church in Corinth: the Christians there kept competing with one another, arguing over who was greater, and playing the comparison game. So Paul called them out on their immaturity. He said "you are still worldly" (v3), "mere infants in Christ" (v1), not ready for solid spiritual food (v2).
Focusing excessively on people is a sign of spiritual immaturity. How do you know if you focus excessively on people? Here are some clues:
I focus too much on people when...
...I spend more energy fighting and being jealous of others than worshiping God (v3)
...I focus on people's faults and failures more than on God's forgiveness and grace (v4)
...I'm impacted more by what people say than what God says (v4)
...I base my worth and identity on my relationship to someone other than God (v4, 9)
...I attribute my spiritual growth solely to the effort of another human being instead of acknowledging that ultimately it is God who makes us grow and who used that human being in my life to accomplish His purpose (v6-7)
...I keep talking about how talented or how great a person is without giving praise to God or acknowledging the part that God plays (v4)
...I chase after people's approval instead of God's approval (v8)
...I chase after time with people and ignore spending time with God
...I sacrifice God for the sake of another person
Do any of the above clues apply to you? If so, then we need to repent and ask God to change us. May we not be so focused on people that we worship them instead of worshiping God. May we always have a right view of God and a right view of people, seeing them through the lens of God's mercy and grace.