I’ve spent the last couple of Sundays writing about a church search. I’ll continue that today, but come at it from a different angle. When I find a church in my search, what kind of church member will I be?
I want to be a church member who bases what I think about God, Christ and the Church on the Bible. Sure, I will learn through my local church and circumstances, but ultimately I have to measure that against what God has revealed in His word.
I want the Gospel to be central to my life in my church. If not for the Gospel, where would any of us be? So, I want to bring a Gospel centered life to my new church.
I want to listen to the sermons in such a way that they impact my every day life. I want to worship the Lord through the preaching of His word so that I leave with the purpose of my life being closer to Him.
I want to be a church member who is persevering to the end. I don’t want to take my salvation for granted and I measure my experience against what the word of God says.
I want to be the kind of church member who shares the Gospel. Period. I guess you could call that evangelism. With my words. With my deeds. With my life.
I want to be the kind of church member who is committed. Committed to the church. Committed to the members. Committed to pastor.
I want to be the kind of church member who is disciplined. Disciplined by the word of God. Maybe even disciplined by fellow church members who approach me out of love and concern.
I want to be the kind of church member who is growing. Growing through the word of God. Growing in love for my fellow members. Growing in my love for the Lord.
I want to be the kind of church member who follows Godly leadership. I want to follow spirit-led leaders who I can come alongside and support.
I want to be the kind of church member who joins my fellow church members in prayer. I don’t see how much can get done in a church without the people praying.
These are the main things that the Lord has laid on my heart to BE as I look for and find a church.
What other things do you a church member should be?
Yesterday I wrote about making your dream a habit. I read this quote from Zig Ziglar recently, “Motivation gets you going, but habit gets you there.” That is when I realized that I had already begun my new habit and that making this a daily habit was what it takes to achieve my dream. Today, I want to share with you what my new habit it.
My new habit is to blog daily. I write something every day. If you have been reading Deuceology you have seen the results, but you may not have realized that this is a relatively new adventure for me. You see, I’m going to share my dream with you. I want to be a writer. What I mean by that is that I want to be an honest to goodness published author. I want to write a book. So I started blogging a few years ago with a blog called Odd and Sundry. If you follow that link, you will seek one of the most amateurish blogs imaginable. I would write sporadically. I would write a couple of posts on the weekends and that would be it. I would write for a few weeks and then I might not write again for a couple of months.
Then I created a new blog called The Confessions of St. Larry The Deuce. I was a little more consistent, but only occasionally would I blog daily. Only occasionally was I anywhere near making my dream a habit.
Now I have created the blog you are reading now. Deuceology. I have been writing this for daily for almost a month now. They day that it takes about twenty-one days to create a habit. I can testify. The more I make this a daily habit, the more ideas that come to my mind. The more I make this a daily habit, the more I see that my dream may become a reality.
Before I go, let me make sure you know what my dream is. I want to write a book. I have had tons of ideas this week. None of it is groundbreaking. It’s just an idea for something that I want to share. It’s just my dream.
I want to thank you that read Deuceology for joining me in this journey. I look forward to sharing with you my progress and trying out many of the ideas I have. In a sense, this is the testing ground for what I want to write.
What is your dream? What do you need to make a daily habit to achieve it?