Creating the proverbial “bucket list” can be a lot of fun. Coming up with a list of things you would like to do one day in the not-too-distant future is also a good way to take the first step in accomplishing your goals.
As disciples of Jesus Christ, we are expected to be growing (1 Peter 2:2; 2 Peter 3:18). We are also expected to be a positive influence on those around us, pointing people toward God (Matthew 5:13-16).
In light of these things, it may be helpful to create some sort of “spiritual bucket list.” A list of things you know you should be doing as you mature in the faith.
Here are a few suggestions to help get you started:
• Teach someone—Have a real Bible study where you sit down, open Bibles all around, and you present the life-saving message of the Gospel (Matt. 28:19-20; 2 Tim. 2:2).
• Reconcile a broken relationship—For many of us, there is at least one person out there that needs to hear, “Please forgive me” from us (Rom. 12:18).
• Really study on your own—Away from the church building, pick a book of the Bible or a topic and really dive in and learn (2 Tim. 2:15).
• Memorize—Maybe favorite passages or chapters…maybe several verses that pertain to a certain subject (for example, numerous verses that deal with forgiveness).
• Determine to lead—Men, if you’ve never lead a public prayer, determine to do so. Same goes with leading singing, teaching a Bible class, or even presenting a lesson before the congregation.
• Go on a Mission Trip—We go places near & far, be a part of that! Put into practice the things you have learned. Nearly everyone I know who has gone on a trip such as this says that it made a significant im- pact on their lives.
• Go to more funerals—People are in desperate need when they are grieving. Few things help as much as knowing you are loved when your heart is broken (Rom. 12:15).
• Bake more casseroles & cakes—Go to more fellowship meals and spend time with your brothers and sisters in Christ. Encourage those who are sick or hurting in any way.
You could add many more. But remember: You are not too old! Today is the day! Get started!