Do you yearn for greater spiritual vitality? Do you desire to have a closer relationship with God? Do you want to know more of his wisdom and power every day?
If so, there’s a proven path revealed in Scripture that you should know. It’s a path that begins and ends in real, personal relationship with Jesus Christ. And, it’s a path that can be outlined in four biblical words.
What are those words? Here they are:
- Come – the journey begins when we come to Jesus in repentance and faith. The beginning of the journey is marked by baptism as a believer. Jesus said, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28, ESV). His call to everyone is: “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink” (John 7:37, ESV).
- Grow – once we trust and begin to follow Jesus, God intends for us to “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 3:18, ESV). The growth occurs as we abide (remain, stay, continue) in Christ. How? By abiding in the word and prayer, by obeying Jesus’ commands, by being filled with his Spirit. It also involves meaningful connection and commitment to his body, the church. Together with other believers, “we are to grow up in every way into him who the head, into Christ” (Ephesians 4:15, ESV).
- Serve – as we grow into Christ-likeness, God intends for us to “serve one another” (Galatians 5:13, ESV). Serving in Jesus’ name is both evidence that growth in Christ-likeness is occurring and a catalyst for further growth. Not everyone is gifted to serve in the same way – “there are varieties of service, but the same Lord” (1 Corinthians 12:5, ESV) – but everyone should use whatever gifts God has given “to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace” (1 Peter 4:10, ESV).
- Go – every follower of Jesus is commissioned to “go therefore and make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:19, ESV). It means we are to be personal “witnesses” (Acts 1:8) wherever we are and wherever we go. As we go with the gospel, Jesus has promised to be with us, to empower us, and to equip us. And, unsurprisingly, intimacy with Christ grows significantly as we are actively and personally engaged in the mission of sharing the gospel and making disciples. Jesus was clear, “As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you” (John 20:21, ESV).
So what about you? Are you on the path? What would the next step be? Are you willing to take it?
It’s a joy and privilege to be on this journey with you.
Your Pastor and Friend,