How do we align ourselves with God's dreams for us? How do we get on board with God's vision? One way is to work on our discipleship and move closer to the places and ways God is at work.
Personally, I (Pastor Laura) invest myself in the church. I invest my money, my career, my volunteering, my character and personality, my thoughts and dreams. I strive to invest my all. Such investment may seem overwhelming from the outside looking in, but I’d like to remind you of one simple thing: A journey of 1,000 miles begins with a single step. I am invested this way because I have been taking single steps for a long time. I have come to understand that I would rather have a healthy, vibrant, funny, relevant, deep, serving church than almost anything else in my life.
What kind of church do you want? Dream of God’s realm, not of your personal ideas of what would make a church great. Dream of the church of the “New Jerusalem” with streams of living water and the Tree of Life, whose leaves are for the healing of all the nations at its center. Dream of what’s possible for your family, friends, and neighbors and for our city, province, country, and world if such a church were here.
Where do you need to take a step in your discipleship to make that happen? All of us are standing still somewhere in our life of discipleship and could take the next step. Do you need to get involved with a study? Develop your leadership? Increase your giving (or start to give)? Encourage others? Invite your friends? Risk sharing your faith? Make no mistake, God's church is growing. God is growing the church deep and wide and inviting all of us to take a step. God is calling us to believe, to belong, to become, and to trust the community that is being built.
Check out the discipleship resources below...and take the next step!
Three simple rules in life:
- If you do not go after what you want, you’ll never have it.
- If you do not ask, the answer will always be no.
- If you do not step forward, you will always be in the same place. -Anonymous