It’s hard to believe that 17 years ago I responded to God’s call in my life for ministry. Great friends and co laborers have reminded me often of The Lord’s loving kindness on that journey. Ministry in Jesus’ church is not for the faint of heart. Looking back I can see assumptions I have made, moments of being naive, days of being blinded by my selfish motives, but also great victories in spite of myself.
In my last few years at Real Life Ministries in Post Falls, along with Jim Putman and the other guys on our team, we began to evaluate what God had taught us over the previous 10 years. We really wanted to learn from our mistakes. We discovered a few essentials that we believe must be present in order to stay on a healthy road of discipleship.
God called our family to Houston, Texas and, with my friends at Metropolitan Baptist Church, I took those essentials and began to expand on the ideas. I believe that God was giving me even deeper insight. Spiritual health will not happen by accident. Strong boundaries or guardrails need to be in place to keep you on the right road.
I remember one day, when I was very young, riding with my dad on this steep mountain road. I don’t remember the purpose of our journey, but I am sure it had something to do with scouting a new hunting spot. There were no guardrails to protect us if something were to happen. My dad shared with me how important guardrails can be as I watched him cautiously navigate the curves.
I believe we all need spiritual guardrails or we run the risk of going over perilous cliffs. If we implement the essential components that I’ll be sharing with you over the next 7 weeks, you will gain insight and tools that will help you build strong spiritual guardrails.
I hope you will walk with me as I post what I have learned about the guard rails God gives us to remain healthy, not only corporately in the church, but also in our personal walk with Him. To prepare for the upcoming blogs, ask yourself these questions as you evaluate your own spiritual life:
- Do I have intentional time in the word and with Jesus in prayer?
- Do I share my faith, and talk about the Lord with others?
- Am I in a small group where I am being discipled or discipling others?
- Who in my life am I intentionally investing in?
- Do I have a plan to grow and become more spiritually mature?
- Am I living in unity with other believers?