By Pastor Tony Smith
We believe growing people change. Wherever you are in life, whatever is going on, you will always have a next step to take as you grow.
Everyone on this planet is on a journey. We are born into this life which is typically marked by a celebration. It is a joyous occasion. Our new adventure begins. Then when this adventure ends, no matter how it ends, it always seems abrupt.
This is marked by another celebration as people remember life and mourn the loss. This journey is then encapsulated on a stone by birth and death dates. Most of the time the totality of a life lived is represented by an insignificant dash. This dash memorializes the incredible and fantastic journey of life. Quite honestly it doesn’t seem or look like much as represented by a dash. All of us know the dash isn’t an accurate picture of life.
Life is much much more than the very real adventure we experience. We are on a spiritual adventure. Everyone is on a spiritual journey. Seriously! Whether we know it or not. Whether we even acknowledge it. We are all on a spiritual journey. Just as much as we travel through life naturally and physically, we will travel spiritually. The only way to make progress on any journey is by taking a step and another step after that. In fact a journey is a series of steps. It’s been said “the journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step.” Such a true statement.
When you think about the spiritual journey you are on…
-What steps are you taking?
-Are you standing still?
-Do you have movement?
-Do you know what your next step is?
We are all on a spiritual journey and we all have a next step to take. What is your next step? Growth in faith and in our relationship with Christ is a life-long journey. No matter how long we’ve been in a relationship with Christ, there are always next steps in that relationship.
What is your next step toward Christ?
Being in a relationship with God is exciting. The Bible promises that He has a unique plan for your life, one that will give you “a future and a hope” (Jeremiah 29:11). God wants to take you places you never thought you would go, to do things you never imagined you would do, and to have the kind of relationships you never thought possible.
For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so that we can do the good things that he planned for us long ago. Ephesians 2:10
Whether it’s being baptized, learning more about Jesus, connecting with others, or serving in a ministry, there is always a NEXT STEP you can take to move forward, to grow in your faith, and to become the person God created you to be.
What is your next step?
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