How do you like to learn?
Watching someone do it?
Trying it yourself?
Whatever is your preferred method of learning it is important to make the time to pursue learning as you go forward from being on the verge of faith to a growing relationship with Jesus Christ.
Spiritual disciplines are the practices we do as followers of Jesus so that we learn and remain close to God. They include, but are not limited to, prayer (Click Here to read previous post on Prayer), Scripture reading, worship, serving, Sabbath. For the purposes of this post we are looking at two, Scripture reading and Sabbath.
First, reading the Bible is where we directly encounter the Living God. We read it not as a textbook to gain knowledge. We read it so that we are changed by the Holy Spirit. We read the Bible to learn what God has to teach us.
If you sense your anxiety level rising at the thought of reading the Bible take a deep breath and now exhale slowly. Here is a little bit of advice to help you:
- Read the Bible at the same time each day or put it on your calendar to remind you.
- Find a reading plan to help you get started. Here is a helpful place to find one for yourself: YouVersion
- As you read answer these questions:
- Summarize what you read
- What does it mean?
- How does it apply to you, your family, work, life and community?
Follow this rhythm for two weeks and see how it goes. Note how God is teaching you. See what has begun to change in your relationship with God.
Second, observing a regular Sabbath is key in our relationships with Jesus. To clarify, Sabbath means resting from work and rejuvenating your soul as you spend quality time with God. We are told in the Old Testament to “Remember the Sabbath by keeping it holy.” [Exodus 20:8]. God wants us to slow down, step away from work and be with Him alone. One day a week. One hour a day. We disconnect to reconnect with God.
Now this one can be a little more difficult to implement all at once. It’s okay to build up to it. This day can either be a full calendar day or from sundown to sundown whichever works better for you. The key is to schedule it in your calendar like everything else. Guard it. Prepare for it by getting things done ahead of time. Give yourself things to do that is fun, life-giving.
As for daily Sabbath, make the time for it. Do what gives you life. Step away from work for an hour and have fun. If you enjoy going outside go for a walk, play ball with family or friends, spend time at a park reading or drawing. Whatever it is give yourself permission to be in the moment, truly present with God.
Having a daily rhythm with God will look different from time to time. It is important to spend the quality time with God each day.
Find the rhythm that fits you and follow it. Ask a friend to hold you accountable and share stories of growth with each other.
As you spend time with God you will see the Spirit is changing you from the inside out.
This Week’s Challenge
- Start a Bible reading plan and take notes on what God is teaching you.
- Schedule your weekly Sabbath and plan what fun, life-giving things you will do.