Key Practices of the Christian Life — Cautions and Encouragements

24 Sep

1. We must remember that spiritual practices will not guarantee Christian maturity.  If God is not empowering our efforts, our efforts will be in vain.

2. We must remember that spiritual practices are not a badge of honor before God or people. We don’t earn God’s favor because of what we do but because of what Christ has done for us. Further, we should never do things to be seen by people or to boast about our Christian growth. We should always maintain a posture of humility about our lives, knowing that all the good we have comes from God and that we are capable at any moment of falling back and failing to press on as we should.

3. We must remember the importance of a plan. Paul told us not to run aimlessly. He told us to press on toward the goal of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Using the planning sheets provided in the back of this booklet will be a great help to you as you make plans for how you will seek to grow in Christ.

4. We must remember that while we should plan our course, it is ultimately the Lord that plans our steps. We will only do what we plan to do if the Lord wills it. We must be flexible, not getting so stuck on our plan that we are crushed if it doesn’t work out perfectly.

5. We must remember that the plans we make are not to be crushing burdens but open doors to greater growth and joy in Christ. When the plans you make begin to feel like total drudgery, it is time to re-evaluate. This is not to say that some of the things you plan to do won’t be hard. It is to say that in the difficulty you will be able to persevere because you see that the end result of your effort is good. Much like weight training or other athletic training, Christian practices involve heavy effort and commitment, but the results of the effort are great. Press on, for God’s glory, your joy and the blessing of others.

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