Last week we finished our sermon series in 1 John, where John encouraged us to have 100% confidence of our belief and trust in Jesus, and warned us to flee from anything that will turn our hearts away from Him. In response to this, I am convinced that daily time set aside with God to be nourished and spiritually fed is one of the most important things Christians can do.
In his book, ‘Dangerous Calling: Confronting the Unique Challenges of Pastoral Ministry’, Paul Tripp says:
“When I daily admit how needy I am, daily meditate on the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and daily feed on the restorative wisdom of his Word,I am propelled to share with others the grace that I am daily receiving at the hands of my Savior.”
How are your quiet times? Are they strong? Are they shaky? Are they non-existent? We ought to be striving to set aside time with God daily. If you do, I am convinced you will not help but notice the joy in your identity in Christ, causing you to want to spur others on to live in Christ too.
I use Rev. Michael Fry’s daily office lectionary for my personal quiet times, and it is an excellent bible reading plan. I encourage you to find something that works for you so we can grow in the Word through our quiet times together.
“May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be leasing your sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer.” Psalm 19:14 (NIV)