Take the First Step

Are you looking for a positive change in your life? Have you made attempts to bring about positive change? What has your success rate been? Are you still looking to make a positive change? Do you long to know how to make the change?

We often long to make changes in our lives. We may be looking for a new job, thinking that will be the change we need. We may look to change our place of residence. We may look for a new relationship. We may think making a significant purchase will do the trick.

As we seek joy and happiness, we often look externally in the belief that something or someone else can bring us the happiness we seek. Those things may bring us happiness for a short time, but they won’t bring us lasting joy. If that is the case, how to we find the true joy we are seeking?

The true joy we all seek is the joy of knowing we are accepted. We long to know we have a wonderful reward awaiting us. Our hearts long for a close relationship with Jesus. We may not recognize it. After all, our culture bombards us with messages telling us this or that will make us happy, and we deserve it.

In today’s passage, Jesus tells us how to find the joy we seek. We must become like little children. By this, He means that we must trust Him just as a child trusts their parents. Think back to when you were a young child. It is likely you trusted your parents without question. You didn’t worry about there being food prepared for dinner. You didn’t worry about having clothes to wear to school. You never had the thought there would be no presents under the Christmas tree. You inherently trusted those things would be there. This type of faith is to be put into Jesus. Trusting Him to provide for all our needs. We must take the first step by putting our faith in Him to find the joy we ultimately seek.

I pray we put our faith in Jesus. I pray we trust Him to provide for each of our needs. I pray each one of us will find the joy we seek by making the change internally rather than seeking external things. Trust Jesus. Put your faith in Him. Trust Him to provide. Find the joy you seek. Take the first step today.

Matthew 18:2-5 He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.”

Published by martypressey

Marty is a Pastor, retired Marine and dedicated Christian who has taught adult Bible classes and preached for 20 years. He currently serves as pastor of 3 United Methodist Churches. He believes being well-grounded in the Scriptures is key to living a better life. He brings a layman’s viewpoint to all his classes and sermons, helping others understand how to apply Scripture to their daily lives. When he sees others understand the message of a particular passage, it brings him great joy. He has seen his faith increase exponentially over the years; fully believing God has a plan and is executing it. He feels blessed to be part of that plan.

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