My day has lately been starting the same way every day. Alarm goes off at 5:18 every Monday-Friday and I end up staying in bed until 6. Get up, brush teeth, and rush out the door by 6:15. No breakfast, no quiet time; I barely give myself enough time to say have a good day to my wife. Once I get to work, I’m sluggish and it takes me quite awhile to get into the swing of things. Sometimes it can take me until lunch before I feel fully awake and coherent and by that point I’ve only got a few hours left in my day.
This sluggish way of starting things doesn’t work very well for me, my employer, or my wife. It also does 0 for my spiritual life. I have a great desire in my heart to go deeper into the Word and deeper into my relationship with God, but I find myself lacking the discipline to do the work. Unwillingness to do the work can spell disaster for anything you want to succeed in, especially a relationship. If I’m not willing to invest in my relationship with Jesus, then how am I going to grow deeper in my faith?
“He who is faithful in a very little thing is faithful also in much; and he who is unrighteous in a very little thing is unrighteous also in much.” – Luke 16:10
Faithfulness is one of those fruits of the spirit that doesn’t come naturally to me. I have a difficult time getting myself to do things like spend time in the word or spend time praying with my wife. How am I supposed to lead my family spiritually if I’m not nurturing my relationship with God first?
The simple answer is that you can’t. Probably the greatest lesson I know I need to learn is that my relationship with God must be my #1 priority before anything else; #1 before my family, my friends, this fledgling blog… everything. The times that I have made God a priority my relationship with my wife has improved greatly! And the times when God hasn’t been my priority, my relationship has suffered and usually continues to suffer until I make Jesus my priority again.
So how do I start making Jesus my priority again?
What can I do to rekindle that relationship with Jesus? I think there are three things that can really help your relationship with Jesus “back on track.”
Just talk with Jesus. He is a real person that really desires a relationship with us; even when we’re not pursuing Him (Rom. 5:8). The best way to repair a broken relationship with any friend is simply to spend time with Him, talking AND listening as much as you can.
2. Read the Bible
Prayer is not the only way to spend time with Jesus. He also communicates through the bible. I love the bible because it gives us a true glimpse into the heart of God. A being big enough to create the entire universe and yet He cares about each and every one of us SO intimately. It continually blows my mind.
Just reading the bible by itself isn’t always the best idea. You need a plan. There are a TON of reading plans out there. If you’re unsure of where to start with reading plan, I highly recommend checking out this post on ichrch.com on 5 great reading plans to help you get into the habit of reading the bible daily
3. Find someone to encourage you in your faith
Find someone that you can talk openly and honestly with about your faith. I recommend that it be someone of the same sex (guy with a guy and a lady with a lady). Be sure that it’s someone that knows you well enough that they’re willing to hurt your feelings when you’re in the wrong. You also want to find someone that has the same faith values that you do.
If you don’t have someone like that in your life now, go and ask someone from your church. Look around and find the man or woman that appears to have the faith that you want and just talk with them. Get to know them and see if they would be willing to help you grow in your faith.
Having a good Christian community can really help grow your faith. And lack of Christian community can kill it all the same.
What does your morning routine look like? Does it start with the bible? If it doesn’t, why not? What’s stopping you?