A principle for success

I was listening to a podcast sermon by Craig Groeschel, the lead pastor at Life.Church (used to be LifeChurch.tv), and all of a sudden a song came in to my head. It’s an old one I learned probably twenty years ago as a little kid:

“Oh God, You are my God

And I will ever praise you

Oh God, You are my God

And I will ever praise you

And I will seek You in the morning

And I will learn to walk in Your ways

And step by step You’ll lead me

And I will follow You all of my days”

How many of you remember this song? It’s such a simple melody, and yet lyrically difficult to mean and live out in our lives. How well do we ever praise God, seeking Him in the morning, learning to walk in His ways, following Him step by step all of our days? It is not an easy road to take.

Which is kind of the point. Jesus said in Matthew 7:13-14:

“Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.

So, which way are we going? Wide or narrow? A helpful key to following the narrow way:

Allow God to lead you step by step.

Narrow PathHe doesn’t always reveal things all at once. He doesn’t always give us a clue as to what He is up to in the moment. But God lets us know just enough; just the right amount we need at the time, and then at the end, it all makes a little more sense as we see how the pieces fit together. The essential thing is to be faithful step by step.

Craig Groeschel said:

Successful people do consistently what normal people do occasionally

What if today began your success as you consistently follow God step by step? Make it something you do consistently, not occasionally. Because, let’s be honest, occasionally allowing Jesus is what most “normal Christians” do. Let’s be a little different.

Live a consistent faith, step by step, day by day. Wherever you are, start today, or be encouraged to continue doing that today if you already do.


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