Next Level Living

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Women leaders often ask me, “How do I move the ministry to the next level?”  Some say it takes prayer.  Others say it takes work.  Still some will tell you it just takes time. Nevertheless, I say it takes these and more. I venture to say next level ministry begins with next level living.

First, as a Christian leader, I have discovered moving to the next level begins with an inward look at my own heart—first for next level living.  The easy path is to look outside myself and ask God to bless the work of my hands.  But what about the work that needs to occur in my heart?

Next level living is all about my heart and allowing the Spirit of the living God to help me live out the plans that He has for me. Some questions I ask myself for self evaluation periodically are:

1.      Does God have my ear and my will?

2.      What’s my motivation for the desire?

3.      Am I hiding His Word in my heart?

4.      Am I seeking and reaching others for Christ right where I am?

5.      How am I exercising my gifts where I am serving?

6.      Am I currently investing in someone’s life and allowing one of spiritual maturity to invest in mine?

7.      Am I allowing past sins to define me? (In Christ, you are a new creation.  Ask for forgiveness and allow Him to set your course from now on.  Want to become a Christ follower? Find out here.)

When we seek Him for next level living, more happens than we could ever hope or imagine, including to the ministries with which we have been entrusted by our Great God for His glory. Trust Him and let Him have all that you are to be used for His work.  Living for Him is an adventure that always drives and determines next level living.

Here’s to next level living!

~Shelly

Meditation Scriptures: Psalm 119:59; 1 John 1:9; Psalm 4:4; Lamentations 3:40; Col. 3; Phil. 3:13-14, and 2 Cor. 10:5.

 

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2 Comments

  1. Posted August 28, 2017 at 7:22 am | Permalink

    Love your words today! They ring true and remind me of what our pastor said last night, “If Christ isn’t in the center of it, it isn’t worth doing.”

  2. Shelly Johns
    Posted August 29, 2017 at 3:00 pm | Permalink

    Amen!!! Thank you, Natasha.

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