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Taking Your Next Step

Twenty-nine years ago, I felt like I was on the edge of a cliff with nowhere to go but to take a leap of faith. Finally, I decided to take a risk. Truly, I came to the end of myself. I had searched for love in all the wrong places and found rejection, confusion, loneliness and heartache. I had just returned from a two-week vacation in paradise – but quickly, I realized I couldn’t buy peace.

A friend presented me with a challenge. She explained to me that from her perspective, – I believed in Jesus Christ, but I had never really surrendered my whole heart to Him. She said, “Why don’t you try following Jesus – His way – one-hundred percent for three weeks and see what happens? You can always return to this way of life.”

I tried to change myself – making resolutions that ended in defeat. I felt like I was carrying suitcases full of mistakes. Jesus offered me forgiveness and a fresh start. His invitation to me was clear. I walked through Union Station in Toronto and repeatedly read a poster that said,

“Come now, let us reason together,” says the LORD. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.” Isaiah 1:18

Jesus used that 3-week challenge to completely change my life. I surrendered one- hundred percent for a complete spiritual renovation. I asked Jesus to be my Lord and I meant it. Where else could I go? He had the words of eternal life! That challenge led into an ongoing 29-year adventure of following Jesus!

Finally, I came to the realization that I needed a Savior.

In his book, One God, One Message (p. 282), Paul Bramsen says it well:

“We began this journey with the observation that our world today has more than ten thousand religious systems. Really, there are only two.

  • There is the system of human achievement that tells you to save yourself.
  • There is the system of divine accomplishment that says you need a Savior.

As long as you are trying to save yourself, any religion or name will do; but once you recognize your need for a Savior, only one name will do. That name is Jesus.   

Jesus issues the same invitation He gave to His first disciples: “Come Follow Me.” The initial invitation then continues – He beckons us to continue to follow Him, one step at a time.

Have you ever taken your first step toward Jesus and asked Him to be your Lord and Savior? Is He calling you to take the next step toward Him?

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Donna Mitchell has been serving with Power to Change since 2005, leading the ministry of Connecting Streams in Edmonton, Alberta. She is passionate about empowering and equipping people to reach their world for Christ.

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