I like the term Journey. God calls us on a journey to grow to maturity in Christ. Unfortunately, some believers chose to receive Christ as Savior, then only halfheartedly follow Him as Lord. Then, they wonder why the power and peace that God has promised is not manifest in their life. Perhaps it’s the unknowns of this spiritual journey that keep them from taking the next right step.
In Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, we read these words from Gandalf as he coaxes Frodo to go on a journey by borrowing these words from his Uncle Bilbo: “It’s a dangerous business going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept up to.” The truth is that life is a journey. We can either walk with Christ or on our own. We either follow in the Lord’s steps swept by His love and grace or take another path swept to places without real confidence in Christ.
There’s no doubt that there is a uniqueness to each of our faith journeys. Our path from here to the unforeseeable future looks different from one another. However, there are four crucial steps that all of us take as we grow in Christ. Crosswinds’ uses four “B” words to describe these steps.
The first step is to BELIEVE. To begin a saving relationship with Jesus Christ, we must receive Him as our Lord and Savior. This is why we are committed to faithfully REACH people with the love and message of Jesus Christ as they take the step to BELIEVE (John 3:16). Those who have found salvation in Christ are called to allow themselves to be used by Him to reach out to others in the hope they too will choose Christ.
The second step is to learn what it means to BELONG. As we enter into a saving relationship with Jesus Christ, we now belong to God and His Church. The deepest desire of every person is to belong. As believers, in Christ, we are adopted as God’s children (1 John 3:1-2) and become a part of God’s forever family (Eph 2:19-22). Therefore, as Crosswinds, we will RAISE believers to follow Christ as they discover what it means to BELONG to Him and His church.
The third step is to BECOME. To grow in our relationship with Christ, we need to discover what it means to mature in Him, becoming the person we have been created to be in Christ (Col 2:6-7). This is why as Crosswinds we will RAISE believers to follow Christ as they BECOME who they were created to be. God calls every believer to help other believers grow in Him. We are called to make disciples who will make disciples who will make disciples (2 Tim 2:2). Kingdom multiplication is our highest calling as we seek to know God and make Him known (Matt 28:19-20).
The final step is BLESS. We are not to hoard God’s blessing, but to be a conduit of His blessing to others (Genesis 12:2; Gal 3:8, 29). The true mark of a believer is not a disciple, but a disciple maker, a kingdom multiplier. As a result, Crosswinds will RELEASE believers to partner with God to BLESS others by advancing His kingdom (Acts 1:8).
I hope each of you is encouraged and equipped to take the steps God is calling you to take on your journey with Him and willing to be used by Him to help others do the same. God calls us on a remarkable journey, but we by faith must be willing to follow His lead and take the steps. Let’s encourage one another to get swept up in Him. God is willing to do more than we could ever ask or imagine in and through our lives (Eph 3:20). Soli Deo Gloria (Glory to God Alone).