So many times we look at our lives with great expectation, thinking we should be leaps from where we are. We expect perfection. We expect to arrive at some level. The reality is that following Christ isn’t about leaping to instant perfection. We’re walking with Him daily—a walk that involves steps, not leaps. Following Jesus Christ is about the small steps we make every day—steps of obedience, steps in a relationship with Him. Sometimes those steps are small, sometimes they are big—but they are all still steps, moving us forward.
34 Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. 35 For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it.
But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “Tell me to come to you on the water.” “Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him.
Small Group Questions
What is the difference between a leap and a step? Which do you think is harder?
Have you ever set a goal or a made a resolution that you somehow failed to keep? What happened?
Have you ever been discouraged because you weren’t able to be the Christian you “should be”?
What advice would you give to yourself about your struggle? Does God reject you when you fail to meet your own standard or a standard that someone else has created for you?
Right now, are you ready to become a follower of Jesus?
What does it look like to follow Jesus?
What are you not wanting to lay down to follow Jesus?
Question of the week
What is the next step for you?
This week, think of one goal that you have for your spiritual growth. For you, it may be that you just want to be open to learning more about what it means to be a Christian. For those of you who would already say that you are a Christian, it may be something specific that you would like to be better at or an old habit that you feel convicted of and want to break. Spend time this week deciding on your goal. Pray about it; search the Scripture. Next week we will talk about specific ways to achieve your goal.