Depending on where your friend is spiritually, here are three starting points in helping him or her grow toward Jesus.

What is the long-term goal for our lives? Ultimately, God is in the business of renovating us—remaking us in the image of God. Humankind was created that way and He plans to recreate us through the work of the Gospel.
 

Paul’s passion was to see the Gospel made known in its fullness. Then, as now, people often missed its full effect. His letter to the Colossians reveals this in wonderful ways. Here and in my next post, I want to discuss two life-giving aspects of the full Gospel Paul expected to see at work in his readers’ lives. 

Religious people from the beginning of time have sought God, read holy writings, but often missed God in the process. They often heard the story, but missed the wonder! One of Jesus’ interactions with the religious leaders of His day illustrates the point.

Just as a surgeon, master plumber, or carpenter has instruments and assistants he utilizes to accomplish his work with expertise, so God has instruments and partners that He works with in raising up disciples.

From the time I was in college, God has given me a hunger for the Scriptures. Through the years I've found that often the reason people don’t hunger for the Scriptures is because they have not recently experienced—tasted—them and read them as a source of life and nourishment.

Earlier this month, my wife, Pam, and I visited Glacier National Park in Montana. Each day, as we prepared to go out and wander the trails of the park we had two top priorities in our preparation: 1) What food and drink would we need on the trail and where would we eat dinner when we were done, and 2) To not get eaten by a grizzly bear!

We live in a world that accuses followers of Christ of being hypocrites. Sometimes God’s people seem to treat His Word like an à la carte line, opting for the commands and precepts that suit  personal interests. Maybe it’s time for us to do a personal assessment?

Are you inspired by this blog? We have worked with NavPress to create a 30-day devotional, Five Traits of a Christ-follower, that interacts with Scriptures on five important characteristics of those who follow Christ -- the same characteristics focused on in this blog.

You don’t have to wander too far from home or read much news to be reminded that our culture and world are broken. As a whole, we don’t reflect the heart and desires of God. How do you personally respond to that?