Where Am I As A Christian?
Unfortunately the American church is not having much impact on the world because the emphasis is often on evangelism and getting people saved. Therefore most believers know they're going to heaven but for the most part many are left on their own trying to figure out how to live the Christian Life.
Simply put, new believers are not being mentored. They're not being shown right at the beginning of their Christian life what the Christian life is all about. Many Christians spend months and years trying to figure it out. (They Ask) “What am I supposed to be doing?”
If God didn't have a purpose for your life after you became a Christian then you have to ask yourself, “Why doesn't He (God) just take me home? Why does He leave us here?”
We believe God has a purpose for every Christian. But the majority of Christians don't have a clue what they're supposed to be doing from the time they are saved to the time they die.
As a result when you ask many believers about their Christian life they will say something like “I used to be a drunk and this (was bad in my life) and now God has saved me and I have assurance of going to heaven.
It's going from salvation to heaven but nothing in between.
Unfortunately there are a lot of believers that fall into that mindset. If you ask them, “what are you supposed to be doing here on earth between the time you’re saved and the time you die?” many believers will just express that they are trying to do their best or they are trying to live “like Christians” or they are trying to be a witness.
But for most believers that is pretty much it. (sadly)
God has a greater purpose for us than just try our best. God wants to transform our lives and He wants us to be lights through which He can flow.
As spiritual mentors if you can help a new believer to get started on the right direction right from the beginning, it’s going to accelerate their growth. There will be an acceleration of their spiritual growth. This is what we want.
There is no reason why believers have to spend time in the spiritual desert. That is not what God intended. And yet this is where the majority of Christians are - out in the spiritual desert. Not because they make a choice but mainly because no one has ever laid out the options. (See Lesson 3-4 for more on the spiritual desert)
Use the “Where Am I as a Christian?” diagnostic tool to help believers evaluate themselves as to where they are in their spiritual journey. In the Spiritual Promised Land or the Spiritual Desert? The lesson is located in the Assessment section of the DTI manual.
Click here to watch a few short teaching videos describing the lesson.