Sunday, October 7, 2018

Saturate | Questions to Help You Grow as a Follower of Jesus

Learning to be a follower of Jesus in Worcester, Massachusetts with others, resting and striving by grace to become more like Him

Last post, I shared a video and thoughts on why Emmaus City seeks to gather, go, and grow together as Jesus' Church. 

And now in this post, these questions below are helpful in revealing where my heart is and how I can continue to grow in speaking to and helping others with the strength that God provides. Perhaps these questions will help you in where you are at in your spiritual considerations about Jesus, too.

Questions that Help Me Consider If I Am Listening to Jesus and Following Him

+ Do I make space in my schedule for prayer? 
+ Do I share with God regularly my deepest fears and desires?  
+ Who or what do I keep thinking or feeling about that I should pray for? 
+ Am I living from rest and peace that God has given, or striving for rest and peace I feel like I have to earn? 
+ When do I most need to remember during my day that God provides my strength?

+ Am I learning how to follow Jesus with patience and courage? 
+ Do I have a hope for what God can do? 
+ Am I dying to false ideas of “success,” and instead pursuing faithfulness with God? 
+ Would others describe me as a willing and eager servant? How often do I change my plans for others? 
+ How do I "take risks" for the sake of Jesus being made known? 
+ Do I pray about sharing Jesus and His Gospel with others? 
+ How is my week open to being with friends who do and don’t know Jesus? 
+ Am I teaching others how to learn to follow Jesus?

+ Do I receive time and each day as a gift from God, or a curse to manage?  
+ Do I know how to rest and trust that God is moving when plans change, or am I more prone to fight for control? 
+ How would my friends describe my relationship with them? Am I open or distant? 
+ Would others say I keep my word when I say I’m going to do something? 
+ How easy is it for me to trust people? How easy is it for others to trust me? 
+ Am I sleeping well (from good work and for good rest, not out of exhaustion or desperation)? 
+ Am I eating and drinking well (for nourishment, not for escape or comfort)? 
Would others say that I express vulnerability and hope?

Peter wrote in his first letter to the family of God spread throughout various countries"God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another. Do you have the gift of speaking? Then speak as though God himself were speaking through you. Do you have the gift of helping others? Do it with all the strength and energy that God supplies. Then everything you do will bring glory to God through Jesus Christ. All glory and power to him forever and ever! Amen" (1 Peter 4:10-11, NLT).

Trust that God has made you the way you are to bless others. Now go and see what He will do in you and through you.

Christ is all,

Rev. Mike "Sully" Sullivan

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