My thoughts (David Zier):
It’s the beginning of 2018, a good time to look at our spiritual inventories.
Where were you on your spiritual journey as 2017 ended? As we make progress on our spiritual journeys, we can hit a road block that can cause us to stumble. We can think that God is closed off from us and there are so many paths to take. It can be hard to decide the best way forward. So what can we do that will help prepare the way?
As we start the new year, creating an intentional plan on how we can cultivate a deeper relationship with God can help us grow on our spiritual journeys. A deeper relationship with God can create in us a deeper faith that can help those blizzards in life seem not quite so treacherous.
So log in to the website link at the end of this devotional, soul care link, and assess where you are right now spiritually. How is your relationship with God these days? Ask yourself, “How am I doing as a follower of Jesus?” “What am I doing to grow my soul?” “What is God asking me to do to draw closer?”
Are you ready to get started today? No matter what the weather forecast is in your life, it is never too late to do something to deepen or even rejuvenate your relationship with Christ.
What does it mean for you to follow Jesus? (Not what someone told you, or what someone else thinks it means. This is for you to answer when Jesus says “come follow me.”) What does Jesus teach you through his journey, his teachings, his passions, and his actions? What does it mean to follow, and what can help us?
LifeJourney Church suggests building blocks (‘W’, ‘C’, ‘G’, ‘S’, ‘D’ and ‘?’) of spiritual disciplines that will help us with our soul care. They include Worship, Connection, Generosity, Service and Discipleship. The “?” block exists because there is not just one way or one path for everyone. Sometimes God is calling us to something beyond: a new vocation/profession requiring training, losing weight or eating healthier so that we can serve more joyfully and healthfully, or working on a relationship to put God in the center.
When was the last time you carefully thought about and considered your discipleship journey?
Where is God taking you and what does it mean to be a follower of Jesus?
Thought for the day: So where do you find yourself today? Have you made a decision, or rededication, to follow Christ – to allow Jesus to be your teacher, the one who guides you? How will you deepen your faith and relationship with God, and be transformed even more in Christ in 2018? What is God asking you to do on your Journey? Link to the online Soul Care plan — soul care link.
We encourage you to include a time of prayer with this reading. If you need a place to get started, consider the suggestions on the How to Pray page.