Waiting For the Perfect Time Before Taking the Next Step with Christ?

Are you waiting to change yourself or for something to happen before you take the next step in your walk with Christ?

Maybe you are waiting for God to be a little more direct. Odds are that you’ll be waiting a long time in any of those circumstances. Besides if you are considering Baptism or some other next step then more than likely He is being pretty direct already and you are letting your ego and sin get in the way.

Maybe you aren’t even a practicing Christian for ta very similar reason. Something you don’t like about yourself just yet is holding you back. Don’t worry you aren’t alone. This is probably a very common issue for new believers and experienced ones alike.

There is a very easy way to solve the problem no matter what it is that is holding you back. Often times as the flawed beings that we are we get into our own heads and talk ourselves out of the simplest things.

So what is the solution? 

Don’t try to fix yourself. Yes, it is really that easy. We need to let go and let God do the work. You see this is a perfect example of sin and our separation from God. That need to do it on our own first is the very reason we need Gods help. you can’t fix yourself and you will never be perfect without Christ.  There is no way around it and that is ok because we all need salvation through Him. I am guessing that if you have been in church for any amount of time then you have heard this before but you are here so maybe you aren’t convinced yet.

To really get a powerful sense of why we shouldn’t wait to act lets look at this from a different angle and learn from someone with far more authority and wisdom than we will ever have.  Jesus Himself was baptized very early on in His ministry as an adult. At that time while He hadn’t yet committed sin there was still a chance that He could have messed up. Now, I do realize that being who He is that the odds were ever in His favor. You could even say that He needed the baptism because of our sins that He would carry for us. My point is this, He didn’t wait to be crucified and declared perfect before He took the next step in his commitment to the Father. It was this act at that very moment that kept him right with God. We know this because  of what it says in Matthew 3:17 just after Jesus took the plunge:  And a voice from Heaven said, “This is my son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.” The whole thing didn’t make sense to John. He even said to Jesus, and I am paraphrasing “hold on man you should probably be baptizing me.” Jesus knew that  this was the next step and it was what God wanted.

Whenever you are unsure of what to do next you can always count on Christ to provide the right example and to give you guidance. What better example could you get of taking the next step without hesitation than this right here.

The truth is that when it comes to God, now is always the right time for more. Chances are that if something is pulling on your heart strings then God is working through you to take the next step and that means it is time to get moving. Listen to that call because just like when Jesus knew that He should get baptized He knows what you should do next as well.

Remember that our salvation is a gift from God. It isn’t something that we earn. It isn’t something that we get by fixing our imperfections.  There is only one way to receive this gift and that is by accepting Christ. it isn’t an accomplishment, it is the eventual result of a choice to finally commit, to pick up your cross daily.

Look at what it says in Ephesians 2:8-9

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast. 

We aren’t expected by God to be perfect first and then take the next step in our walk with Christ. We are expected to take the next step and Christ will do the heavy lifting.