Let's be real - it's easy to get distracted by the endless opportunities to fill our time. Without intentionality, we'll drift into busyness with meaningless tasks. Now, some of what occupies us is worthwhile and brings good returns. But as the saying goes, "good is the enemy of great" - and this rings especially true in our spiritual lives. We get caught up in religious routines without going all in. Instead of half-hearted spirituality, imagine the transformation possible if we ruthlessly prioritized connection with God. The rewards of undivided devotion are astounding. With focus and confidence in God's power, we can experience life to the fullest. The choice is ours - will we settle for good, or push through to find the great life He has for us?
Make no mistake—Satan will stop at nothing to keep you from pursuing the things of God. He is a master of deception who knows how to subtly manipulate your priorities and calendar to disengage you from spiritual growth. But don't be fooled. Behind his crafty schemes lies a desperate agenda to prevent you from honoring the Lord and maturing in Christ. Though it may seem hard to believe, Satan will even try to use "good" things to distract you. Don't take the bait. See through his tricks and stay focused on what really matters—your relationship with Jesus. He wants to steal your joy, but you have the power to choose life, growth and blessing instead.
This year, I want to challenge you to be all in on the priorities the first Church devoted themselves to daily. They are clearly spelled out in Acts 2:41-47.
The path to God's power is clear: wholehearted commitment to the life Jesus offers. When the first believers left behind their old ways, they discovered the abundant life of the Spirit. Pentecost was just the beginning. Stepping into new patterns of worship, prayer, and community opened the floodgates of heaven's power in their lives.
We too can experience this power. But it requires more than a casual interest or half-hearted effort. Like those first disciples, we must devote ourselves fully to walking in the Spirit's presence and power every day. When we do, we'll see miracles like they did - lives changed, hearts mended, the impossible made possible. The choice is ours. Are we ready to experience all that God has for us? The key is simple: go all in.
Friends, we all long to walk with power, yet too often we put in the bare minimum and expect abundant returns. We show up at church when it’s convenient, read a verse here and there when we remember, and rattle off quick mealtime blessings out of habit. But deep down, we know this won’t cut it.
As Galatians 6:8 reminds us, we reap what we sow. If you truly want to live the spirit-filled life, you must sow generously and consistently into your faith. Ask yourself: What do I desire most from this life in Christ? How can I nurture those desires?
The path forward is clear. Dedicate time for prayer, immerse yourself in scripture, worship with abandon, and serve others with joy. With earnest, consistent investment, you will reap a bountiful harvest of spiritual fruit and walk in the power of the Holy Spirit.
But half-hearted measures yield weak returns. The choice is yours. What will you sow today to reap abundant blessings tomorrow? The time for wholehearted faith is now. Together, let’s sow generously and live powered by the Spirit!
This is the year to dive headfirst into your faith and experience God's power like never before. I'm talking radical transformation. How? By going all in.
Commit to fasting. Dive into Scripture daily through a Bible reading plan. Get intentional about personal growth. Show up consistently for worship. Do life alongside others in a community. Make serving a way of life. And be wildly generous.
The more you pour yourself out, the more God will pour into you. His power flows in proportion to your participation. So don't hold back. 2024 is poised to be your greatest year of spiritual growth yet. But it requires action. Bold faith. Sacrifice.
You were made for so much more. This is your year to find out just how much. Don't settle for mediocrity. Take the leap. Go all in. And watch what God does. I believe incredible breakthrough is on the horizon my friend. You in?