Bible teacher Joyce Meyer often says ‘If you’re too busy to read the bible, then you’re just plain too busy’. I think that we can apply that principle and way of thinking to pretty much every aspect of our devotional life. If you’re too busy to pray, spend time in solitude, worship, fast, or any other spiritual discipline that nourishes, strengths and grows us as followers of Jesus, then it’s an indicator that something is out of sync or out of kilter in our lives.
It may well be the busyness of life; career, family etc. However, it may be that you’ve forgotten how to do discipleship disciplines or have lost the will and passion to pursue the disciplines. Perhaps your love for Jesus has grown cold or you’re wrestling with doubt. Whatever the reason, however long you’ve been putting off re-engaging with the spiritual disciplines, we can begin to re-engage by changing just one thing.
Perhaps it would be good for each one of us to reflect on this question: ‘what one thing could I do to make my relationship with Jesus more of a priority this week?’ It may be that your answer involves giving something up; getting up a bit earlier, choosing to read the bible instead of a novel, choosing not to be grumpy (or any other issue you’re struggling with!) or switching off the TV for 30 minutes. Or it could be taking something up; worshiping to a Christian CD on the way to work, reading a Christian book on the tube, or finding 10 minutes to be still on your own with God.
Whatever your answer to that question and whatever the stage or health of our Christian discipleship, changing just one thing in this week ahead will enable all of us grow to be closer followers of Jesus. The key is consistency. To choose something that you can implement daily or weekly. In doing so we’ll be walking the long path of obedience that enables us to grow closer to God over time. Our prayer is that each one of us will change just one thing, and that in changing we will grow.
With our love,
- Tim & Kate
Posted on Thursday, 16th November 2017