Jesus taught that if someone asks you to go one mile, go the 2nd mile as well. In the 2nd Mile Podcast, host Travis Agnew seeks to equip you to do more than the bare minimum in the areas of faith and family. Don't settle for an average life.
As believers, we should be in a state of spiritual growth, but too often, we seem to be stuck in the same place. If there is a true profession of faith, there should be a true progression of faith. In this episode, we discuss the importance of selecting that next spiritual discipline to make intentional progress in following Jesus.
Getting Honest (You're Not There Yet)
If there is a true profession of faith, there should be a true progression of faith.
Spiritual disciplines are not meant to make you more liked by Jesus but to make you more like Jesus.
The Path of Holiness:
Justification – the declaration of holiness
Sanctification – the process of holiness
Glorification – the completion of holiness
The proof that we are neglecting sanctification is the lack of holiness present in our lives.
Making Progress (But You Should Be Getting There)
If your goal is anything other than godliness, then your spiritual disciplines will be more like drudgery than delight.
1 Tim. 4:6-10
No discipline is more important than regular Bible study because it encourages every other worthwhile spiritual pursuit.
Getting Specific (By Taking the Next Step)
True disciples discipline themselves.
Imagine the health of one’s soul if he or she spent as much time developing it as he or she spent on the body.
Can you think of one spiritual hero that doesn’t prioritize at least one spiritual discipline?
If you have been reading the Bible lately, can you think of what you read? What has impacted you? Where did you find it? Here's my realization regarding many people's dilemma: If you find time to read, you rarely remember what you read.
Why is that? Because we settled for reading the pages of the Bible instead of meditating on the truths of the Bible. The difference has paramount implications.
If you always forget what you read in the Bible, maybe it is time for you to discover the lost art of scriptural meditation.
The definition of meditation is to think deeply or carefully about something.
How to Meditate on Scripture
Commit to a reading plan.
Create enough time for meditation margin.
Pray for God's insight into the text.
Remember that less may be more.
Summarize what you read.
Seek a way to apply the truth.
Share with someone regarding what you've learned.
The people who make the greatest impact are never those who do the bare minimum. So why is it that we are often inclined to do "just enough" and not give our absolute best? What would our lives be like if we tried to go the 2nd mile in every worthwhile endeavor? That's what this podcast is about.