FIVE YEARS FROM NOW SERIES
This Weeks Introduction: When we set lifelong spiritual goals for ourselves, we must understand that our lives will not always be the way that they are currently. We will experience a variety of seasons that come and go. Through every season we are called to seek after sanctification. Sanctification is the idea that each of us has a potential that we can reach. Each of us can become who God designed us to be. This journey towards sanctification does not happen by only pursuing Christ sometimes. Each season of our life presents unique opportunities to learn something unique about what it means to become a disciple of Jesus Christ. This week’s GPS guide will help you to think and pray about faithfully pursuing your spiritual goals through the ups and downs of life. ~ Pastor Adam Ricks
Read: 1 Corinthians 9:24-27
” 24 Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. 25 Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. 26 Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air. 27 No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize. ” (NIV 1 Corinthians 9:24-27)
Study: Passion is the key ingredient in the steadfast life of a disciple. A lifetime of spiritual growth, through all seasons, is a challenge that requires a supernatural level of commitment. In order for us to stick to our goal of becoming fully developed disciples of Jesus Christ, we must cultivate a passionate commitment to be like Jesus. This happens when we realize that the best versions of ourselves emerge when we become the people God knows we can become. What are you passionate about? How can becoming a disciple of Jesus Christ allow you to be better for those around you?
Prayer: Lord Jesus, please help me to become more passionate about the right things. Please let my commitment to become the best version of myself be an enduring commitment. Amen.