From faith to faith (Romans 1:17)
From Grace to Grace (John 1:16).
From strength to strength (Psalm 84:7).
You are meant to move forward. It’s one thing to be planted. It’s another to be stuck. God takes us from faith to faith, grace to grace, strength to strength, etc. We are meant to move forward and to not stay the same person or be in the same place spiritually. If you are the same person you were a year ago...than have you really encountered the transforming power of Jesus?Maturity says you are progressing. Wearing the same clothes, eating the same food, talking the same vocabulary, throwing the same tantrums when you don't get your way when you were 5 would not be celebrated with anyone in our culture. You are meant to grow, mature, advance and move forward in all things in life...especially spiritual matters.
God wants you to move forward. God is a God of pilgrimage. We have to have an obedience in the same direction. I think we can cut short the forward motion from God. One of the big reasons why our advancement stalls and we get stuck from moving forward is our indecisions. We have a lot of choices today. Have you surfed iTunes lately? Have you been on cable and tried to find espn or hgtv lately? Their are hundreds of channels. All I want to do is watch some chefs make a twist on creme brule' and I can't find the freaking food network. There's a lot to choose from. When a chosen generation has to choose a spiritual direction, it can become daunting. But Jesus makes it easy. Following a God who makes it simple by declaring, “I am THE way and THE truth and THE life.” Yet we still can get stuck at indecision. Because our culture reinforces these questions:
Is this the best?
What if I miss it?
I have more to do?
My dreams aren’t fulfilled yet?
In the midst of decisions make it simple. Deciding to move forward in life is not just the right thing to do, it's a standout characteristic in our culture. Failure to launch is backstory for many. So let your faith to move forward be your story. So in the midst of many choices you choose the best thing you can do:
As Jesus and the disciples continued on their way to Jerusalem, they came to a certain village where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. Her sister, Mary, sat at the Lord’s feet, listening to what he taught. But Martha was distracted by the big dinner she was preparing. She came to Jesus and said, “Lord, doesn’t it seem unfair to you that my sister just sits here while I do all the work? Tell her to come and help me.” But the Lord said to her, “My dear Martha, you are worried and upset over all these details! There is only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it, and it will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:38-42
She chooses Jesus. Not only does it empower her to walk thru the crucifixion of Jesus but she becomes one of the ones to see the Resurrection of Jesus...Martha is nowhere to be found. Mary saw Jesus that day but she experienced a side of Jesus that only a few experienced. She went from faith to a faith where she saw the Resurrected Christ. She went from a strength of finding Christ when she needed Him most to a strength where she was one of the few with Jesus at the cross and not only that, saw him resurrected first. She went from a grace to meet Jesus to a grace to follow Jesus and become one of the most celebrated disciples in the Bible.
Move forward...and leave indecision behind!