The Journey Begins

“Walk in a manner worthy of God, who calls you into His own kingdom and glory.” – 1 Thessalonians 2:12

Our current culture is crazed with the Fitbit. Every step is tracked and counted. Friends are challenging each other to live more physically active lifestyles. Accountability is happening. Life is being lived together in pursuit of greater physical impact. More steps are being taken, more heart rates being monitored, more calories being catalogued, and healthier physical lives are being pursued. It is a great thing to be in such pursuit of our physical health.

However, how many of us care about our spiritual health in the same way? Are you tracking every step you take for the sake of your spiritual health? Are you carefully monitoring every thought in your mind and desire of your heart? Are you looking to unclog some of the spiritual blockages that have clogged your arteries for years? Are you checking to see if your heart beats in rhythm with God’s heart, and if your priorities are lined up with His and His mission? Are you trying to consume more of the protein of God’s Word, and less of the junk food that the world, and our culture, freely offers us? Or, are you too often settling for the fast food version of spirituality, and whatever you can get at the religion drive through?

As Jesus says, “Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. … I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.” (John 6: 27, 35)

By settling for something at the religion drive through, you are missing out on the true bread of life, the only source of nourishment that truly satisfies, that comes only from an authentic and committed relationship with Jesus Christ.

Jesus continues, “But I said to you that you have seen me and yet do not believe. All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out. … For this is the will of my Father, that every one who looks on the Son and believes in Him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.” (John 6: 36-37, 40)

As we have journeyed through 1 Thessalonians these past 4 months at Harvest Annapolis , the Apostle Paul continually implores us to “Walk Worthy.” Every step you and I take, every step, is either towards God or away from Him. Every step is taking you somewhere. The question for you and I is: What direction am I headed today?

The heart of this blog is to serve as a Fitbit of sorts for our spiritual lives. Let’s journey together in pursuit of lives that have a greater impact for our Lord. Let’s become more grounded and established in our faith, cutting out the fatty and junk foods, and feasting on God’s Word. Let’s walk worthy together, one step at a time, filled with grace and truth, pursuing the glory of God and the fulfillment of the Great Commission. Let’s become more like Jesus, a little bit more each and every day.

Much like many great athletes preparing for an athletic competition, we will carbo load on the Bread of Life as we pursue Walking Worthy together. There will be days where it’s 1 step forward and 2 steps backward, there will be peaks and there will be valleys, but that’s why we journey together, as a family: encouraging, exhorting, and establishing each other in the faith. .

The journey of 1000 miles begins with 1 single step. The first step in the journey of Walking Worthy is actually making the decision to take the journey. That’s my challenge to you today: Come and join me on this journey.

Over the next few weeks, we will apply specific aspects of what it looks like to Walk Worthy from Paul’s letter to the Thessalonian church. But for now, the decision is yours. Will you pursue a healthier spiritual life? Do you want a life of higher spiritual impact? Will you choose to Walk Worthy, and in doing so, become more like Christ, day by day, hour by hour.

It’s time to begin. One foot in front of the other. One step at a time. Walking with God on His mission. All for the glory of our Lord. Who will journey with me?

You won’t regret it. As my buddy said to me on his weight loss journey, “Nothing tastes as good as being in shape feels.” In the same way, only a life spent Walking Worthy in relationship with Christ brings you great spiritual fitness, and that hope, joy, and peace, you are searching for right now.

You Are Loved!

PRAYER: Father, please give me the strength to begin this journey and walk in a manner worthy of you. Please forgive me for all the time I have spent not walking towards you, but away from you. Lord, my insecurities and fears rage in me, but you are worth it. Lord, please help me to conquer these fears through the power of the Holy Spirit. Lord, please allow me to live my life guided by and empowered by your Holy Spirit. Lord, please give me an increased hunger for you and your Word, and please decrease my appetite for all the things of this world that are not from you. Please strengthen me in you, and help me to live a life of High Gospel impact for you. Lord, please help my full identity to be in you. Thank you Lord, for your amazing grace in my life. Amen.

If you have never surrendered your life to Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, or if you have questions about what it means to know Christ as your Savior, please click here.

 

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