How To Climb a Mountain

How To Climb a Mountain

Eric English

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Several years ago after a business I had founded, made the INC 500 list, a young entrepreneur asked me how we did it.  The question was “off the cuff” and I responded in kind.
“How do you climb a mountain” I asked him.  He said he had never climbed one, and couldn’t exactly answer the question.  My response was simply “one step at a time.”
How do we walk out our life as a believer?  What is the process for living life?  Paul wrote a few verses that simplify the process by which we should live life.  He tells us how to put one foot in front of the other as believers.
Col 2:6
As you therefore have received Christ Jesus, so walk in Him.
You don’t become “saved” by one method and live by a different method.  The first time you prayed, believed and confessed for rebirth in Christ, you entered a process for renewal and provision.  That process didn’t change, but sometimes we think that it has.
Notice the verse said “receive” not earn.  We receive a gift, we don’t earn it.  Eternal life was a gift that you received.  Many Christians feel the need to try and earn from God what has already been given to them.  They try to earn health, or prosperity, or freedom, or forgiveness, or relationships, etc.  We are simply taught to follow the same process, belief and confession, for our needs.
How did you originally receive Christ?  By belief and confession.
Eph 2:8-9
For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves, it is a free gift of God, not by works lest any man should boast.

Consider these points:

  1. The word “saved” actually means to be made whole.  It’s not just eternal life in the after life, it’s being made whole in every area of your life, today and for eternity.  
  2. Faith receives what grace has given.  When we believe the gift was given to us from God, we take possession.  
  3. The gift is free!  You don’t deserve it and you didn’t earn it, but God freely gave it to you anyway.  It is the Lords grace that supplies what you need when you need it. And it’s a free gift.  

So as you walk out life, and encounter areas where you are deficient, return to that process which brought salvation to your life.  We continue to receive from God throughout life in the same manor we received His adoption.  Confession and belief.