With a heart-stirring message and compelling stories, founder of Jesus Culture and pastor Banning Liebscher will equip you with practical guidance to be and do all that God has called you to. The Three-Mile Walk draws from the biblical story of Jonathan, who, after a treacherous three-mile hike, boldly stepped into battle and watched God work a stunning victory in the midst of impossible odds. Likewise, Liebscher presents the three key attributes you need to fully engage your mission--courage, holiness, and faith.
Jonathan and his armor-bearer give us a healthy example in 1 Samuel 13:1-7 of what it looks like to thoughtfully engage God's call on our lives by owning the call, dreaming of the call, counting the cost of the call, and moving forward with the call. They refuse to settle for anything less than who God wants them to be and what he wants them to do.
The first leg of our journey on the three-mile walk is the call to holiness. But living a life of holiness isn't the key to getting God's attention—it's actually our response to God's invitation. We often ask ourselves, "What if I mess up?" When we allow fears of failure to keep us from moving forward, it's as if we're saying failure is more powerful than God. Learn to surrender your definition of success.
The second mile on the three-mile walk is courage. Like Elijah whose hopelessness made him feel all alone (1 Kings 19:1-10), we need community with others and with God himself to keep us encouraged. God is inviting you to stand up, dust yourself off from discouragement, and move forward with courage. You can take courage because God is with you in Spirit, in Word, and within the community of one another.
The third mile of the journey is faith. Faith comes from understanding the nature and character of God. We see examples in Hebrews 11:17-40 of people who chose faith over fear and doubt, because God is trustworthy. The three-mile walk is a walk of faith from start to end. It sometimes requires us to move forward into the unknown, and at other times to wait actively in faith for God to move.
Engaging in God's call isn't just one three-mile walk — it's a lifetime of three-mile walks adding up to a lifetime of long-distance journeys. Step out and engage the call of God, even before knowing all the details. When Jesus called the first disciples, he didn't call them with details, he called them with a promise to make them fishers of men, and they followed him immediately (Matthew 4:12-22). Now is your moment.