Note: We are only 20 days away from the launch of The 5 Minute Discipleship Podcast! Can't wait to share it with you!
I'm not a thrill-seeker, but I do love a good adventure. It doesn't have to be expensive or dramatic. The experience can be as simple as getting lost in a used bookstore or eating at a new restaurant. It can be as fun as exploring a new city on foot or traveling overseas. I enjoy the excitement of something new.
Following Jesus is an adventure. When you say "yes" to God, you begin a journey of change, freedom, growth, opportunity, and purpose. Being a Christian is not boring. It's not an empty life. Jesus said in John 10:10, "I have come that they might have life, and have it to the full."
Is there a better life than being a follower of Jesus. I think not. Have you ever heard some say they regretted giving their life to Christ? I haven't. On the contrary, I've listened to many who said they wished they hadn't waited so long to surrender their life to Jesus.
Note: I'm excited to announce that The Five Minute Discipleship Podcast will launch one month from today on August 17th! Each short episode (admittedly not always limited to five minutes) will include a story, a scripture, and a point of application. Thanks to everyone who has been so encouraging!
Growing up in church, becoming a fully devoted follower of Jesus was more "caught than taught." I'm not sure our pastor had a "strategy" for discipleship other than to encourage and inspire people to make Jesus and His church the center of their lives.
Recently, I was reflecting with a friend I grew up with about our spiritual experiences as children. He noted that we attended church about six times each week: Sunday School, Sunday morning service, Sunday evening service, Wednesday evening service, Boys Club, and our church. We even had a Saturday evening service we were expected to attend. Yes, our lives were centered around the church.