We all make resolutions for the new year. Weight loss usually tops the list. While physical healthy is a great concern, don’t neglect your spiritual growth. There are a few things that everyone can do to grow spiritually.
Read the Bible daily. Daily scripture reading is vital for growth. It is the food our spiritual bodies need to grow. In today’s hectic world, it can be difficult to make the time to read the Word. There are several apps available for the iPod and iPhone, for free, that put the Bible at your fingertips. Read something everyday. Whether it is just a verse or a chapter. How ever much you read, that scripture will go with you through the day.
Pray daily. Talk to God. He doesn’t care if your prayers have perfect grammar. Just talk to him. Use your daily speech. Tell him your problems and ask for forgiveness. He is always there to listen. He will even answer…if you listen. A lot of people don’t think God hears their prayers because they don’t get the answer they want, or things don’t happen when they want it. Remember, everything happens on God’s time His answers come from scripture as well as events. Pay attention. He’s talking.
Give to God. The Bible tells us to tithe. We are to give 10%. That’s a lot less than the U.S. Government! Everything we have came from God. It is our responsibility to give a little back. Give to a church or Christian Charity. There are orphanages, Bible distributors, and missions that do God’s work. All of them accept donations. Chose one and give on a regular basis.
Participate in fellowship. Christian fellowship is vital for spiritual growth. It allows us to share with other believers. Join a church and attend Sunday School. It’s not just for kids. Surround yourself with Christians and study the Bible together. Participate in conferences, choirs, and classes. Meet people with similar beliefs and share your story.
Memorize scripture. This has always been the hardest thing for me. As Americans we have become lazy in scripture memorization. We have little threat of our Bibles being taken away. We assume we will always have a Bible to open. We should not assume anything. As Christians we should learn the Word and hide it in our hearts. There it can be easily accessed, when needed. I can’t count the times I have needed a certain scripture and had to look it up. If we memorize scripture, no one can take it away. Set a goal to memorize 10 verses this year.
These five life style changes are small steps for a life time of change. It won’t be easy. There will be obstacles. Stay with it and you will succeed.