32 Ways to Jump Start Your Walk With Christ

Editor’s Note: September is kind of a new beginning time, vacation is over school starts, time to get up and running again! Here are some suggestions:

  1. Read throHow to jump start your walk.ugh the Bible. Read 1 Old Testament chapter, 1 Psalm, 1 New Testament chapter every day. Start today.
  2. Keep a prayer journal.  Open it every day, and make yourself read through each page.  Keep a page for yourself, family, friends, church, etc.
  3. Read the book Crazy Love by Francis Chan.
  4. Start each morning giving thanks for something.
  5. Tell God you love Him and why every day.
  6. Pray for one lost soul. Every one of us knows one person who doesn’t know Jesus. Whether it be a family member, a friend, a neighbor, or a co-worker we all know someone who desperately needs to be redeemed as we have been. Pray for that person daily, sincerely, and specifically. Pray for her/his physical, emotional, relational, and spiritual needs. As you pray for her/him, be open to the Spirit’s leading to then share the Gospel.
  7. Forgive someone.
  8. Teach a Sunday School class just once.
  9. Read a biography of a great man/woman of the faith. You might start with William Wilberforce.
  10. Think of five different people every day and 1) pray for them, or 2) call them, or 3) visit them, or 4) write them a note of encouragement.
  11. Be determined to encourage everyone you meet each day in some way.
  12. Volunteer as a leader at a stay at home work camp day with the Lake Wales Care Center.
  13. Confess your sin. Upon being confronted by Nathan with his sin with Bathsheba, David cried out, “For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me,” (Psalm 51:3). To confess our sin before God (and, as necessary before others) is an uncomfortable but important aspect of our walk with Christ. Of course I mean a sincere confession, which leads to repentance, not just a perfunctory listing of our sins. To sincerely know our transgressions leaves us humble before Christ whose blood has atoned for all our sins.
  14. During the day when someone comes to mind, pray for them.
  15. “Someday” will never come… Do it today.
  16. Write your testimony for the Diligent.
  17. Start an accountability group with one other person.
  18. Ask God for wisdom and understanding; He promises to give it to you if you ask for it.
  19. Pray for one need in your community. There are many needs right here in our own back yard. Racial reconciliation, teen pregnancies, fatherless children, and unemployment are some of the many social concerns in our city and surrounding community. How does the Gospel affect the way we think about and seek to change these societal ills? The needs are too great for any one of us to work on them all, but you can pray, and then act as prompted by the Word and Spirit, for one of these needs.
  20. Mentor a student at Polk Avenue Elementary.
  21. When you are feeling down, make yourself think of someone to help or encourage and do it.
  22. Talk to your pastor.
  23. Read John Guest’s daily devotion – Life Focus New Testament for one week.
  24. Out of the blue, do something unexpected for someone.
  25. Be an e-mail pen pal with one of our missionaries. The missions committee will help you get started.
  26. Read the Bible. This will seem basic and like the pat Sunday School answer, but that doesn’t make it any less true. There is no better way to grow in grace, to walk more faithfully, or to increase in the knowledge of Christ than to read the Word of God daily, to memorize it, and to ponder it deeply.
  27. Pray for a specific missionary each morning with your cup of coffee.
  28. When it comes to entertainment, take every thought captive. Too many times we turn our brains off when we are watching television shows or movies, when we listen to music, when we surf the web or social media, when we play video games or apps, or when we read a book. Entertainment can be a good thing but not if we check out mentally or spiritually and simply allow the medium to flood our minds and hearts. If we are undiscerning as we consume media we will not be able to keep the messages from affecting our spirits in unhealthy, un-Gospel ways. So, watch the movie but pay attention to its themes, both subtle and overt, taking every thought captive that is against the knowledge of God (2 Corinthians 10:5).
  29. Remember: The best is yet to come.
  30. Give up your regrets.  We can’t do anything about the past.  Remember that God has forgiven our sin and does not remember it, so why should you keep torturing yourself with it?
  31. Go on a short term mission trip.
  32. What is “Reformed theology”? Or what is “Sanctification”? You hear these said in a church setting, but don’t quite know all that they mean. Become an expert on one of these. Start in the church library.

So there they are… pick one, two or three and get back on the road Christ would have you on!