From the *age of accountability to the day we die, we are all on a spiritual journey. Some of us are at the early stages of our journey where we are beginning to learn about Jesus and others have been walking with Jesus for years. But no matter where we are on our journey, we all have a next step. None of us is perfect. None of has “arrived” (Philippians 3:12).
After salvation, all true followers of Jesus are in a process of growing closer to God and becoming more like Jesus. Yesterday at Graystone Ozora, hundreds of people made decisions to take their next step spiritually. PRAISE GOD!
What is your next step? Are you going to be faithful and obedient to take it?
Here are a few examples of next steps:
- Commit to follow Jesus (Lordship)
- Crash the waters of baptism
- Discover and use your spiritual gifts
- Get married
- Develop a daily devotional life (prayer and Bible study)
- Give financially to the ministry of the church
- Become a tither
- Give a regular offering over and above the tithe
- Join a local church
- Join a small group
- Become a small group leader
- Repent of an ongoing sin
- Pursue a pure and holy life
- Learn to share your faith
- Become a disciple-maker
- Become a multiplying disciple-maker
- Become a parent
- Become a grandparent
- Serve in your local church
- Fast regularly
- Go on a mission trip
- Care for the least of these (i.e. poor, orphans, etc.)
- Become an elder in your church
- Answer God’s call to full-time vocational ministry
There are obviously many more next steps, and these are not in chronological order. The most important thing is being sensitive to God’s leading in your life and answering His call. What is God calling you to do? What is your next step?
* I know this is a controversial term, and I’ve chosen not to address it in this blog post.