HAVE YOU STARTED YOUR SPIRITUAL JOURNEY?
by John Clark
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Each and every Christian should be on a spiritual journey. What do I mean by this? A journey means you are going somewhere with your life and that you are continually pursuing God's intended purpose for your life.
Put your vocation and routine of living aside for a moment. Are you doing anything different with your life now as compared to a year ago? For example, have you seen any positive changes in your character? Have you accomplished some goal? Have you seen God's grace at work in some specific area of your life. Then look ahead to where you would like to be in one, five, or even ten years from now.
We should never become satisfied with where we are in reference to becoming more Christ-like, using our unique gifts and abilities for His glory, and pursuing a God-given dream. The opposite of this means, of course, that you are staying right where you are.
We must step out with both legs. Let one leg represent godliness and the other, our gifts and abilities in pursuit of God's unique design for us. If you use only your "leg" of godliness your dream will not be realized. If you use only your "leg" of following your God-ordained dream, you will not develop godly character. True success will never be realized without godly character.
Christ, in the Great Commission recorded in Matthew 28:19-20, told us to "GO." He meant by this to get beyond one's daily routine of activities and go into the community, nation, and world. This does not mean that everyone ought to be a missionary but we all do have a mission. It does mean we all can and should do something to bring people into His Kingdom, starting right where we are with whatever we have to offer, no matter how small. For those of us who are writers and speakers, this is our journey. I continue to be amazed how I can write an article in my room at home, post it on the internet, and receive some comment by someone in a different part of the globe about how my writing has positively impacted his or her life. This is my personal, spiritual journey being realized in using my writing to help draw people to God and His goodness.
For others who are reading this but are not writers, offer whatever you have to God, be it a hobby, a talent, a burning desire, or filling a need. This can become your spiritual journey.
Begin moving out by setting some goals to be further along than where you are now, or by making yourself totally available for God to use your unique gifts and abilities. But, you must take that first step. That might mean overcoming some emotional or relational issue, like anger, low self-esteem, or depression. It may mean simply doing something that you have always wanted to do and see how God uses it. Wow, it might even mean allowing God to grow a world-wide ministry that started with some "small" talent you began using for His glory. In my case, it all started when I wrote my first sentence on a pad of paper, which then became my first published book, in 2008.
The question is "What are you doing, personally, to make a difference in the lives of other people for the cause of Christ?" Leave church and religious activities out of the picture here.
If you are not a Christian, you need to call upon the name of the Lord Jesus Christ for your salvation and then ask Him to take you on your spiritual journey.
Sitting around and doing nothing is not an option, but many people are doing just that. They are sitting in church, sitting in prayer meetings, and sitting in Bible studies, but never moving out for God. So, have you begun your spiritual journey yet? Spend time in God's Word, but also get up and get moving. Do something. Anything! Don't be happy to just sit and soak up God's truth without sending it into the lives of other people as you embark upon your own spiritual journey.
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Well said. Thank you.