I’m Wanda L Ball. I am a writer, blogger, self-published author – youth ministry bible study teacher, wife, mother, business professional and follower of Jesus Christ. Click Here to view my Amazon Author Page.
Following Jesus 101 Ministries is where you’ll discover Personal Spiritual Development Basics. My mission is to introduce, encourage or regain faith, hope and passion in your personal relationship with Jesus Christ on a day to day basis.
In Christianity, ministry is an activity carried out by Christians to express or spread their faith, the prototype being the Great Commission. The Encyclopedia of Christianity defines it as “carrying forth Christ‘s mission in the world”, indicating that it is “conferred on each Christian in baptism.” It is performed by all Christians. (Wikipedia)
Personal Spiritual Development
Personal spiritual development begins with believing and following Jesus Christ. We do this through faith. Our spirituality grows and matures through:
- Prayer (regularly conversing with God).
- Becoming students of His word and teachings (being disciples).
- Sharing the blessings of our spirituality with others (evangelizing).
- Giving God glory and praise through speech, behavior, and songs (worship).
Here’s the bottom line –
Christian Believers are just sinners saved by grace through Jesus Christ who is our personal savior.
I believe that following Jesus defines me religiously as a Christian. I also believe that Christianity is NOT a religion, but a one-on-one relationship.
Other religions are about men trying to reach up to God. Christianity is about God reaching down to man.
Religion is about what men have to do to be right with God. Christianity is about what God has already done to be right with men.
Religion says we must earn our salvation with good deeds. Christianity says we need to believe that Christ has already paid the price for our evil deeds and our salvation is based on this belief.
So how did I discover this Jesus of mine?
I discovered Jesus initially at 5 years old. I attended Sunday School and Baptist church services every Sunday with my mother’s family. My maternal Grandmother was on the mother board and Grandfather was head Deacon. After the Minister gave a long speech, I remember that people would sit in a chair(s) in front of everyone, confessing that they wanted to be “saved.”
I wondered what being “saved” meant?
I didn’t know at the time what it meant, all I knew was that one Sunday morning after the minister finished giving his long speech, my cousins (who I grew up with and did everything together) got up and sat in those chairs. So guess what? So did I!
The next thing I knew, I was confessing that I accepted Jesus Christ into my heart and believed that He died and rose again on the third day…. a few weeks later I was being dunked in a pool of water that was called “baptism.”
But guess what? The seed was planted…
Fast forward years later –
My life as a Christian hasn’t been easy. I’m sure we can swap stories of all the struggles one goes through in this life. Family struggles. Professional struggles. Personal struggles. Christian struggles.
As long as we are on earth we. will. have. struggles. period.
But that’s why Jesus came. He came to allow you and me to overcome our struggles. He said that life would not be easy. But He also said that He would be with us along the way. (John 16:33)
He promised to never leave us or forsake us. (Deuteronomy 31:6) He will be with us until the end of time. (Matthew 28:20) He’s a friend that sticks closer than a brother. (Proverbs 18:24) He’s our everything.
I’ve been a writer for 20+ years, a published author, business owner for 10+ years and real estate professional for over 15+ years. Those are great achievements that God has allowed me to accomplish. I will always write for God, but these man-made accolades really don’t matter in the scope of things.
What matters is that I’m saved and will spend an eternity with Jesus, because I’ve decided that his plans for me are far greater than my own!
Following Jesus is having a personal relationship with Him through faith, prayer and his word in the Bible. One on One. It’s getting to know Him and Him getting to know you (even though He already knew you even before you were born).
My calling is to educate Christian believers by sharing more about Him through blog posts, bible studies, community groups, books and courses.
Everyone has a calling and gift! Why are you here? What has God called you to do?
“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” (James 1:17)
As a follower of Christ, we must allow Him to lead and guide us through life’s journey of ups and downs – trusting that the downs have an ultimate purpose and meaning – for our good. I invite you to join me on this journey to discover your calling!
If you don’t know Jesus, I would love for you to discover everlasting joy and peace that you can experience today – right where you are! Tomorrow is not promised to anyone. If you are ready to give your life to Jesus Christ today, follow him and live with Him for eternity –
Pray this prayer…
Lord, I am a sinner. I’m just a beginner. Please forgive me of my sins and come into my heart. I believe that you are the Living Savior Jesus Christ who died on the cross for my sins. I believe that you rose on the third day and will come back again one day to take me home to be with you in heaven for eternity. In Jesus name I pray. Amen (John 3:16)
If you prayed this prayer and have accepted Jesus Christ as your personal savior – Welcome to the body of Christ!
Here’s some help to get you started as a new, renewed or even seasoned follower of Christ…
Still don’t know Jesus? Here’s why you should!
Are you a New Christian? Here’s how to build your new life with Christ!
Transcribe The Word a online bible study challenge designed to quickly learn and dive into Gods word in just 10-15 mins a day based on a monthly topical study. Click Here to learn more
Personal Growth Bible Studies That Tear Down Strongholds a online bible study that provides simple guides with questions that dig deep along with scripture to defeat whatever stronghold or problem you’re facing on a constant basis. Click Here to learn more