I had a conversation the other day that is still resonating with me. I had the wonderful opportunity to speak with a very close family member about things he’s facing in his life. I had the opportunity to ask him a question I’ve been asking myself (and God) for a few years. It’s a very life-altering question. In this season of change and harvest, it’s also a good time to look ahead and see what’s next, to begin to lay the groundwork for change. Every year during this time, I’m looking to see what’s left to do on my life-long self expansion list. My family member was seeking the same knowledge… The what’s next; but from a different place than I am.
I preface this part by saying that I’m a Christian, so I live by applying the bible to my life. For all of you who are about to click the back button, I ask that you just ride this lesson out with me. The question I asked him comes from the story of the Apostle Paul and Silas being released from their chains while in prison because an earthquake happened while they were praying. The jail keeper asked them, “What Must I do To Be Saved?”. Salvation, for Christians, is the basic tenant of our faith. But do we really understand the full gravity of that question? Paul answered with the basic answer – “Believe on Jesus Christ and you will be saved.” WOW! This is SO JUICY!!!
The idea of “What must I do to be saved?” reaches SO FAR beyond the understanding of most people and, sadly, we miss the meat and the juice! It’s a one participant question with a two participant answer. (Stay with me y’all). The one participant question applies to every area of our existence. It applies to your finances, your health, your business, your family’s relationships -EVERYTHING… and so does the two participant answer. The way the answer is broken down there’s a part one- the stuff that the asker must do, and a part two.- the stuff that’s beyond their control (the God stuff). If you’re drowning financially, what must you do to be saved? Believe (have faith for things to work out, change your behaviors and renew your mindset towards money, learn and apply the rules personal finance) and you shall be saved (financial abundance will be able to flow, you’ll have good credit, you’ll have purchasing power, money will be in your bank account). I TOLD YOU this was JUICY!!!
The same question can be asked about health issues. What must I do to be saved? Believe ( have faith for perfect health, seek support in EVERY area possible – alternative treatments, etc, change your mindset about who has the power over your physical health, be proactive about what you’re eating, get a consistent exercise regimen) and you shall be saved (most times sickness and disease become better). That indicates to me that ANY question born from a need for change can be answered in time by asking the question and disciplining yourself to receive the change by your actions from the answer. That question even applies for your business. Yes! You’ve gotta work too! After all belief without application of processes that supports the belief is not able to produce in any situation. Yes… faith without works is dead.
Next level living says the answers are there for me IF I’m willing to ask the right question and consistently take action on MY PARTS of the answer. I’ve found it to truly be the way out of perplexing situations if I’m willing to commit to every piece of my part, I will “be saved” from poverty, unhealthy relationships, failing businesses, and poor health. Even dealing with the issues that perpetuate us living beneath our birthright and not walking in our purpose can be resolved by asking the same question.
I challenge you all as we approach the end of 2014. Ask yourself next level questions and give yourself next level answers. You can’t enter certain levels without creating support systems that support the next place you’ll stand and grow from (which is true salvation). So, go ahead. Get your pen and your journal. Start by asking yourself the very eye opening next level question, “What must I do to be saved?” Then commit to your part of the answer and go for it!