The start of a new year causes many of us to stop and think about the plans we have and the goals we want to accomplish in the new year. As you think through the personal improvements you want to make next year, have you also considered developing a plan to grow spiritually in 2015? Better yet, have you thought about how you can invest spiritually in the life of another person in the coming year?
No matter if you resolve to read the whole Bible or even a single book repeatedly throughout the new year, faithfully meditating on God’s Word on a consistent basis is essential to our growth as believers. As you grow spiritually, consider sharing what God is teaching you with someone else in your life. You can do this by asking a friend, a family member, a neighbor or a co-worker to read the Bible with you and discuss it together. It’s been said that discipleship happens through our relationships – sharing your experiences and inviting people into your life is a great way to develop or deepen a relationship with someone.
It also allows them to see how your faith impacts your life on a daily basis. This is what the heart of disciple-making is all about. Disciple-making involves teaching others the biblical truths that God has taught you, so they can, in turn, teach them to someone else.
We probably don’t have to look very far to find someone we can disciple.
For many of us, we can start in our own homes. That might mean beginning a time of devotions together as a family. Or, it might mean beginning to talk about the truths of scripture with your children or grandchildren so their hearts will one day be open to trusting Christ as their Savior because of your godly influence. What a wonderful privilege it is to be used of God to help others come to faith and grow in their walk with Christ.
So, as we think through all of the things we want to accomplish in 2015, let us be sure to prayerfully consider all of the things that God might want to accomplish and the people He might want to reach through us in the year ahead.
As we ponder and pray over those things, let us all resolve to allow God, by His grace and through the power of the Holy Spirit, to use us to impact lostness by making disciples of Jesus Christ in 2015. Have a happy and blessed new year!
“But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen.” 2 Peter 3:18