Now that you are a child of God you need to find your place in the family…
1. YOU NEED TO EAT
God’s Word, the Bible, is real spiritual food.
Taste and see the Lord is good. Ponder and meditate on it day and night, making sure you practice everything written in it. Then you’ll get where you’re going; then you’ll succeed. Joshua 1:8; Psalms 34:8
To meditate simply means to roll something around over and over again in our minds. Cows have multiple stomachs. They will fill their stomachs with grass, and then spend the rest of the day under a shade three “chewing their cud.” Food is passed from one stomach to the other in stages. We could liken this process to meditating on the Word of God. We need to read the bible, and then write portions of it down and bring it back various times throughout the day to memorize it and meditate on it (chew on it). We refer to this as “abiding” or “remaining in” the Lord as Jesus spoke of in John 15:5.
2. YOU NEED TO BREATHE
Talk to God
Every Christian needs to breathe spiritually through prayer. The scriptures tell us to “keep on praying.” God wants you to talk to him just like you would talk to a friend. He wants to hear how you feel and be your closest friend. It’s important to talk to the Lord each day through prayer. As natural breathing provides oxygen for our lungs, spiritually breathing (prayer) keeps you alive and healthy spiritually. Pray at all times and on every occasion in the power of the Holy Spirit. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all Christians everywhere. Ephesians 6:18
3. YOU NEED TO EXERCISE
You need to exercise-to share your faith with others. The Bible says, “You must never be ashamed to tell others about our Lord…” If you do not exercise, you become weak. The more you exercise the stronger your muscles become. The scriptures encourage us, “Has the Lord redeemed you? Then speak out! Tell others he has saved you…” There is spiritual power released when we testify to others about what the Lord has done in our lives. Every Christian has a personal story to tell how he or she came to the Lord just like I shared with you earlier. 2 Timothy 1:8; Psalms 107:2
4. YOU NEED TO STAY WARM
Find a spiritual family
Baby Christians need to stay warm. You stay warm by becoming a part of a “spiritual family.” When you receive Jesus as your Lord, you join God’s family, consisting of millions of Christians throughout the world. Ephesians 3:14-15 describes this family, “I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, from whom the whole family of heaven and earth is named.” However, you stay warm by being committed to other believers in a church family; having regular fellowship with them. Every believer should be committed to other believers in a church family. This spiritual family (church family) will give us a place to grow and learn from other believers how to live our Christian lives. Find out how you can join the Vine Fellowship Network Family.
We are not alone!
“Lone Rangers often get shot out of the saddle.” Referring to the U. S. television show in the 1950’s called “The Lone Ranger,” where a lone lawman rode to rid the west of outlaws and was often vulnerable to attack. If we try to live our Christian lives alone, without the support of other believers, the devil can easily destroy us spiritually. The Bible tells us we need each other!“… let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” Hebrews 10:24-25We are not alone in the temptations we face. The Lord’s plan is to use other believers and spiritual leaders in the local church to protect us, help us grow, and equip us to be all we can be in Jesus Christ.
“Church” is “people”
The term “church” simply means “called-out ones” – those who are called out from the world’s system to be a part of God’s kingdom. To be a believer in Jesus is to live counterculture to the world’s system of selfishness. We live a new life in a new way, obeying the Word of God. The church is not a building, or is it a meeting; it is a people. To say it simply, the church is the people who go to Christian meetings. Jesus Christ lives in His church, which means He lives in His people, His called-out ones. God uses the analogy of a human body to explain how Christians function together in a spiritual body known as the church, the body of Christ. I Corinthians 3:16, 12:27 “From Him [Jesus] the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.” Ephesians 4:16 You need to be in relationship with your brothers and sisters (other Christians) to supply what you need to grow spiritually. Aren’t you grateful that your hand is attached to your arm? If your hand was attached to your ear, it would cause a lot of problems for your body! That’s why it is so important to be placed in a local church where you fit in the body of Christ.Imagine a builder taking bricks, throwing them in a pile and calling that a building? Ridiculous! In order to build a building, a master planner needs to take bricks and strategically place one upon another, mortaring them together.The mortar that God uses to build His kingdom is relationships. God, the Master Planner, takes you and me and places us in His body in strategic places so we can fulfill the Lord’s purposes.
The benefits of small groups
The early church met form house to house and also together in the temple, receiving teaching from the word of God and worshipping the Lord together. Often within the local church, you will find small groups that meet together in homes, office buildings, or other venues in order to encourage and serve each other. In a small group, you can more easily open up and share your problems and victories.Whether God has called you to a community church (under a thousand members), or a small house (or Micro) church, or a large mega-church (over a thousand members), ask Him for a small group of believers to help you grow. It takes more than church meetings to help you grow; it takes real people with whom you are in relationship with. Discipleship takes place best in the context of relationships and relationships takes place best in the context of a small group.
Where is God placing you?
Maybe you are saying, “How do I really know where God has placed me?” First of all, you need to pray and ask God. Who are the Christian believers with whom you have a relationship? Remember, the Lord places His people in relationships so they can serve Him. The Bible also tells us “the peace that comes from Christ will rule our hearts.” Colossians 3:15 In other words, you will have a peace about it as you pray and continue to take steps of faith. Trust God to lead you to spiritual leaders who are open and transparent with their own lives. Ask the Lord to lead you to a small community of believers who can help you to grow in your new walk with Christ. He will be faithful to lead you to believers who will be willing to pray with you and help you to discover where the Lord is placing you in His body. God’s will is for every believer to be connected to a local church where he or she can be trained, protected, and serve others.
Remember new babies need to eat, to breathe, to exercise and to stay warm so they can grow healthy and strong. Spiritually, you need to do the same. God bless you as you continue to walk with Jesus. He has good plans for your life!* If you’ve made this commitment to God today I rejoice with you. Please write me and let me know about your salvation. I would like to send you some information to help you along in this new phase of your life. We care about you and know that God has great plans ahead for you.