Well here we go. The opening of another very important chapter in my life: Step by Step blog. What is Step by Step? The following are a few important factors that have led up to this project in my life. They also give you a good picture of the reason and direction of this blog.
1. The Importance of Journaling
For quite some time now, I been convinced of the importance of journaling. Now, when I use this word I mean something very specific. As we look back through history, we can see many influential figures, who made it an essential aspect of their daily life to journal on their growth and progress. Specifically this can be seen in the lives of the men who shaped and lead the church.
An example that comes to mind is Jonathan Edwards. A man who was a writer, philosopher, theologian, and pastor, was always told my his father, “never do anything without a pen in hand!”. He worked hard to think through and write all that God was working in his life, and the result of this diligence was his godly life, and the lives of many others who read his work. The only thing that we know of the leaders of the church today is what they themselves have written down.
A repeated command in the New Testament is to remember who we once were and what great change has been brought about in our lives through the work of God. Journaling on my progress in understanding and living out the gospel will force me to once again rethink what I’m learning and to internalize it more effectively. It will keep me accountable to my own words, and it will keep me focused on the my goal on growing in the knowledge of Christ.
2. My growing love for books, writing and thinking for the glory of Christ
In the past few months I have been also learning of the importance of having a mind that is constantly growing, constantly active. Our quality of our whole life depends on the condition of our mind. The more you understand and know, the more you are able to live. I have also learned that the more you feed your mind, the bigger its mouth gets. The more I grow and live in the gospel of Jesus Christ, the more I see how much I have yet to learn, the more I desire to grow in it.
This is especially central for us christians, because we believe in a God who has spoken. A God who has communicated himself to his creation in the objective form of a book. The more we grow in the knowledge of what he has communicated, the more we build an accurate and realistic understanding of life and existence. Of all people, we are to be eagerly seeking a deeper understanding of life in Him because the condition of our minds is a direct representation of his work in us!
John Piper, in his message on the Life of the Mind and the Glory of God, points out that the greatest commandment, “Love God with all your mind”, “…means engaging all your powers of thought to know God as fully as possible in order to treasure him for all he is worth.” Through my work on this blog, I want to learn to use my mind as a means of treasuring God more effectively by writing and learning to write about his work in my life.
3. My constant need for growth in Christ
This is perhaps the most important reason of all. Especially recently in my life, the more I understand the gospel, the more I learn of the depth and profundity of God’s amazing love to me as a sinner, the more I see how much I have yet to grow, the more I am motivated to grow in living a life that reflects the character of Jesus Christ in everything. (fewf – that was a long sentence)
The apostle Paul writes in Ephesians 4:1 “I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called.” The call here is to live up to gospel that they claim to believe. In the last few months, I have been humbled by the magnanimity of God’s grace in my life, and the pitifulness of the response that all my life has been. But despite my great inadequacies, He continues to work. His truth continues to work its way into all the nooks and crannies of my life, and change the way I live and think, making me more like Jesus.
Seeing the reality of this picture, I am all the more motivated to make the best of everything that I learn. I want to have the lessons that come into my life through the Bible become dug down as deep as possible. I want to make the very best of every single step.
And so here I am. Seeking to take the grace of God as far into my life as possible by stepping up in the way that I think and relate to all that he has, and continues to do. In this process of learning to walk worthy of Christ, I want to make the most of every step. I want to think it through. I want to write it down. I want to share it with you.
And who knows? Maybe in this process you will also be encouraged in your walk in Christ and some of my steps will show you ones that you yourself have not taken. If you do not yet know Christ, maybe your observation of his work in me can prompt you to starting moving in the direction of his gospel.
If you are not a christian, and you find yourself confused by some of the terms that I use, please do let me know. I want to grow in my communication as much as possible. Also, I want to warn you ahead of time, there are still a few things that I am working out with the construction of this blog, so don’t be to surprised by they changes that might follow.
I encourage you to feel free to comment and share along with me as I seek to make the most of the grace of God, and as we all hopefully learn to walk worthy of Christ, step by step.