7 Steps to Becoming a Spiritual Christian

By “spiritual,” I mean a person who is led by God’s Spirit, functions in God’s gifts, and demonstrates God’s fruit.  Such a person lives with God’s peace and contentment, and he/she ends up fulfilling God’s purposes for his/her life.  A spiritual Christian is the opposite of a “carnal” or “casual” Christian – one whose faith in Christ is merely a “part” of his or her life rather than the focal point.  If your approach to God is “me-centered,” here are a few steps that will get you moving away from casual carnality and in the direction of true, God-centered spirituality.

STEP #1: Make Jesus the CEO of your life. 

Just as in a corporation, your soul often has competing agendas.  One agenda is for career.  One is for relationships.  One is for popularity, sex, politics, you name it.  Making Jesus CEO simply means that from this point on, God directs every area of your life.  That doesn’t mean the other things are unimportant – it just means that you let God do with them what He wants.

STEP #2
: Attend, and get involved in, a local Bible-teaching church.

It’s popular nowadays for people to talk about being “spiritual, but not religious,” or “spiritual, but not into organized religion.”  I hate to burst your bubble, but this kind of talk is nonsense.  One of the primary reasons we come to Christ is because we need the support of His family – the church.  And there are others there that need our support as well.  It’s great to read the Bible, pray, and never participate in any organized local church activities – but the problem is this:  You don’t ever see people living the Christian life like that in Scripture.  It’s always done in the context of local groups of Jesus-followers and community-servants called “churches.”

STEP #3: Study the Bible. 

Listen to your pastor teach it on Sundays, study it in one of the church’s small groups or classes, and read it on your own.  You can’t be a spirit-filled Christian when you don’t know what it means to be spirit-filled.  And the only way to find that out is to make the Bible your #1 object of study.

STEP #4: Talk to, and listen to, God.

Yes, it’s called prayer – and you should do it often.  You’d be amazed at how many people see themselves as “spiritual people,” but rarely pray.  Jesus died on the Cross so that you could talk to God for yourself without an earthly intermediary.  Don’t waste His investment.

STEP #5: Support your church financially.

Putting your money where your mouth is shows where your heart is.  If you’re not committed to the work of God in your own church family, you’re probably not committed to God in any real sense.  Jesus said, “Where your treasure is, there also is your heart.”  Some people ignore this step and justify it with “I give my time instead of my money – because we don’t have a lot of money right now.”  Sorry, but that doesn’t work.  Neither does it do anything at all to help your church stay open!

STEP #6: Bring others along with you.

Don’t be afraid to talk about God and invite people to your church and small group.  God is either ding a great work in you or He isn’t.  If He is, you should want others to experience that work for themselves.  It’s time to decide if you are more interested in pleasing God by sharing Him?  Or if you’re more interested in pleasing others by not.

Step #7: Get psycho about serving.

Do as much good as you can to every person you can for as long as you can.  Always put others before yourself, and always give God the credit.  He put us here to lay our lives down for others the same way He did for us.  Becoming spiritual means that life is no longer about you – that’s why so many people opt for carnal and casual Christianity over spiritual Christianity.  They can’t ever let go of what they love most – themselves.

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2 thoughts on “7 Steps to Becoming a Spiritual Christian

  1. Kass

    I was actually really looking forward to a place that I would be able to go with myself and my children here in Utah where we would not be judged, where we could feel at home, peaceful, and happy. My husband and I were both raised in Utah in the LDS faith and this was a decision we made to not raise our own kids in that church, actually we both disagree with organized religion in a whole. I had researched a place that maybe we would fit in years ago and The Rising popped up, I had not yet gone but was planning on it this coming Sunday.
    After reading the previous and seeing how you, the pastor, feel I am very disappointed to say we will not being going to The Rising. Christianity is NOT a religion, it is a way of life. You stating this is an organized religion doesn’t sit well. Along with a few other statements. I am so thankful you posted this all when you did.

    1. Jason Epps Post author

      Hi Kassy,

      First off, let me say thanks for your comments. I always appreciate feedback, so regardless of what you think of me or The Rising, your perspective is helpful. Secondly, my apologies if there was something in the post that offended or didn’t set well with you. I can understand that, coming from the LDS church, you may be a bit sensitive to “big religion,” and that makes sense. I have many friends who were burned by “the” church and are extremely gun shy about anything that even remotely resembles organized religion – and again, I can’t disagree with them. That being said, let me tell you a bit about The Rising.

      After I finished grad school my wife and I started The Rising. Our purpose was to provide a place where people – people who’ve been burned by religion – could worship God, meet like-minded friends, and band together to serve their community and their world. In our six year history, I’ve never had one person tell me they felt judged at our church. Our culture is one that is laid-back, come as you are, and enter at your own pace – if that makes sense. Most of the time when people bag on “organized religion,” they attack anything that resembles a church. But here’s the problem – at its essence, all The Rising is is a group of people who love to get together to fellowship, worship in a loud rock and roll style, drink coffee, pray, and learn the Scripture. We do have a building for the people and a bank account to pay the bills, but that’s the extent of our “organization.” We are nothing like the LDS church in either doctrine OR structure. So to say we are a manifestation of “organized religion” might be true and it might be false – depending on how we define the term (which I think may be the sticking point here). We’re “organized” in the sense that we believe it’s important to worship and “do life” together in some sense. We are “not organized” in the sense that our church is not a huge superstructure that seeks power and politics.

      I’m not sure if that clarifies things a bit, but here’s the point: I’d love for you and your kids to come visit The Rising. The very fact that you had even considered coming means that you appreciate at least “some” level of organization I mean – after all – for us to put together a worship service, band, childcare, kids church, sermon and coffee shop each week does require “some” organization, right? And with your saying that Christianity is not a religion, but a “way of life,” I couldn’t agree more. But again, it’s all in how we define our terms. For some people, the word “religion” simply means a God-focused “way of life,” and that’s the way I intended it when I wrote – so I think you and I may be on the same page. I did not intend it to be taken in the more narrow and negative sense – and to be honest – I’ll probably think twice about the way I phrase things in the future because I don’t wish to be misunderstood. So again, your comments are, if nothing else, good for helping me to become a better writer.

      Again, Kassy – thanks for your comments. I really would like to meet you and your kids at The Rising sometime – our church is a great place for families and for people of your mindset and situation. You said you are looking for a place where you don’t feel judged. I understand – I’m looking for the same thing in life, so in that spirit, I hope you’ll refrain from forming too harsh of an opinion about (i.e. judging) me or The Rising until after you visit. Until then, I’m praying God’s awesome blessings on you and your family this weekend 🙂

      Yours,
      Jason

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