It has been a whirlwind for the last six days. We’re a week out from Christmas Day! And two weeks away from being done with 2020! Breathe in Jesus, breathe out stress. Today, we look at the last step from our miniseries, “Beginning Steps – a Growth Guide for New Believers. Step 7 here we come. Thank you to the North American Mission Board for printing our source material for these lessons.
Today’s topic? Trust Jesus to direct your life.
Let’s dive in.
“Now that you have received eternal life, Jesus wants to guide you daily in your new spiritual adventure. It is important to realize that He should do more than reside in your life. He should be the Lord of all of your life.
Confessing Jesus as the Lord in your life, means that you trust him to direct your life. Trusting Jesus to direct your life is similar to driving down the highway with another person. While you are driving, you are in control of the vehicle. But when you realize that you do not know the right way to go and the other person does, you allow the other person to take control of the vehicle. As a result, you take the route he or she chooses.
Trusting Jesus is like saying to him, “You direct my life, and I will go with you!” A life directed by Jesus in this way will be spiritually fruitful and filled with joy. John 15:4 says, “Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.”
1. Jesus Christ is Lord. Jesus claimed to be our Lord in John 13:13 when he said, “You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am.
2. Jesus Christ has earned the right to direct your life.
Philippians 2:8-11 states, “And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death —even death on a cross! Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
Paul, in the book of Philippians, understood that Jesus was worthy to direct his life.
3. Jesus Christ desires to direct your life. His direction can be experienced daily as you:
a. Recognize daily his right to direct your life. (read Luke 9:23)
b. Confess your sins consistently and accept his promise of forgiveness (read 1 John 1:9)
c. Trust him completely as you allow Him to direct your:
- time – (read Ephesians 5:15-16)
- money (read 1 Corinthians 16:2)
- abilities (read Colossians 3:17)
- relationships (read Matthew 22:34-40)
- mind (read Romans 12:1-2)
- ambitions (Matthew 6:33)
- morality (read 1 Corinthians 6:19-20)
What areas in your life need to be placed under the direction of Jesus Christ? List them and allow Jesus to begin to direct each area now.
Jesus Christ is Lord.
Jesus Christ has earned the right to direct your life.
Now that you have completed the seven beginning steps, you are ready to continue your walk with Christ for the rest of your life and forever.
Be sure to renew your commitment daily to allow Jesus to direct your life in order to experience the abundant life he promises.
Spend time in prayer and Bible study daily.
Be faithful in Bible study and worship at church.
Serve the Lord with gladness.
Be a good manager of your possessions.
Share Christ with others.
Let’s close out in prayer.
Father, thank you for these lessons and for those that put them together. Father, thank you for who you are and for the love you have for each one of us. Thank you, Lord, for the promises you have given in your Word, the Bible. Lord, as we get up each day, I pray, Lord, we would work each of these steps accordingly. I pray, Father, that we would walk more closely with you each day. I also pray we would have the courage to share Jesus with others. I thank you for the person who shared Jesus with me. In Jesus’ name, I pray, amen.
Disclaimer: The above material was taken from the book titled “Beginning Steps – A Growth Guide For New Believers” published by the North American Mission Board.
This little booklet was so helpful to me. I hope it helps you as well.