Wednesday, January 02, 2013
Developing a personal plan to live new everyday
We all need to make changes if we are going to experience new life in Christ in 2013, stopping some things that limit our life in Christ and starting some things that will enhance the possibility of God making us more vibrant. We must clearly answer the “who, what, why, when, where, and how” questions when it comes to making changes.
I: Look at your calendar and schedule an hour to put your plan together. Make an appointment with yourself to be alone with God.
II: Spend an hour reflecting and praying.
You may want to think in these 5 categories: spiritual, relational, intellectual, emotional, and physical. Do an honest self-assessment using the 6 questions below. Then ask God to reveal the answer to the following question: What changes do I most need to make in order to experience a new life?
6 spiritual growth plan questions for 2013
1. As a Beloved Child, what promises from the Father do you need to claim in prayer this year? What is the most humanly impossible thing you will ask your Father to do this year?
2. As a Self-Feeder, what will you read and memorize in scripture this year and what books, CDs, and podcasts will you learn from this year?
3. As a Servant, what is the biggest time-waster in your life and how will you minimize that in order to volunteer in a ministry of CVC?
4. As an Investor, how will you grow in your generosity to CVC and other ministries this year? (Think priority giving – Matthew 6:33; percentage giving – Malachi 3:8-10; and progressive giving – II Peter 3:18).
5. As a Reproducer, how will you deepen your commitment to your LifeGroup this year and how will you encourage/mentor someone?
6. As a Missionary, how will you commit to Missional Living, joining God in His mission to restore the broken so that others will come to know Jesus as Savior and Lord?
III. Write down your plan. Call your goals “foundational practices for a new life in Christ.” Be realistic. Don’t set the bar so high that you end up discouraged if you should fail. Then, write it down, keep it visible, and share it with family, your LifeGroup, your accountability partner.
Jesus can give you new life. And as more and more of us at CVC live new in 2013, our church will be renewed, too.