Therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, I urge you to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God; this is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God. Romans 12:1-2
There are no shortcuts to spiritual transformation. One of the dangers for those of us who shepherd others, is to be slack in pursuing our own transformation. Apathy or lethargy, can be detrimental to our growth.
So how can we ensure our growth is not stunted while we are shepherding others?
We must seek God daily, through prayer and the Word of God. God will continually transform our lives through the power of the Holy Spirit. We need to put ourselves in a position for Him to do so.
There has to be a focused effort to mortify sin in our lives. Nothing hinders transformation more than indwelling sin. Are we as aggressive about rooting sin out of our lives, as we are about recognizing it in the lives of others?
It is helpful to surround ourselves with others who are hungry for God. The shepherd can isolate himself, while at the same time always being around people. We need community as much as the people we serve do. In community, we help each other grow in Christ.
Do not neglect your spiritual growth while you serve others. If you are not healthy spiritually, you cannot help others. If you are healthy spiritually, God can use you as an instrument in the lives of others to see them transformed also.
Jesus, You are the Shepherd of our souls. Helps us to keep our eyes focused on Your glory. Put in our hearts a passionate desire to be like You in all things.