Have these words ever described your Christian walk?
Yet, a complacent life is not what God wants for us. Boring is not a word that ever describes our magnificent King, nor should it describe a life lived serving him.
Our spiritual life cools to lukewarm for a variety of reasons: distraction, busyness, disobedience, and self-sufficiency are just a few.Boring is not a word that ever describes our God, nor should it describe a life lived serving him. Click To Tweet
Complacency is not something we should take lightly. Being lukewarm is not something to shrug off and deal with another day. In fact, God finds complacency disgusting. The Amplified version says, So because you are lukewarm (spiritually useless), and neither hot nor cold, I will vomit you out of My mouth [rejecting you with disgust]. Revelation 3:16
Instead of complacent, let’s be committed! Let’s be devoted disciples of Jesus.
Welcome to Part 1 of the Complacent to Committed series!
Over the next six weeks, we’ll look at six actions we can take to be a committed follower of Christ. Complacency won’t grow us into strong women of faith; that takes a heart that is boldly seeking God.
A disciple of Jesus obeys his commands. To obey them, we must know them. In order to know them, we must make Bible reading a priority in our lives.
Spending time in the Bible daily is the start of growing from a complacent Christian to a committed one. People call it different names: quiet time, God time, devotions. Whatever we call it, it’s a vital part of our spiritual growth.
The Bible tells us to study to show ourselves approved. It also says that, All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness.
We recognize that time with God is time well spent. We know we should read, study, and memorize scripture.
But what’s so special about doing it every day?
Why should we spend time in the word every day?
- We love God and want to spend time with him.
- We need realignment and refreshment every day.
- We grow spiritually through being disciplined.
The reasons above are solid motivations that will help you build a consistent quiet time habit. As our relationship with God grows, we long to spend time in his presence. We crave the realignment and refreshment of scripture every day because we know how quickly we drift away. We will even recognize the benefit of spiritual discipline as we notice ourselves growing spiritually.
But there are a few common motivations that will not last. These are poor motivations that may get you going for awhile, but won’t sustain you:
- I want to be able to say I have a daily quiet time.
- I feel better than others since I have a daily quiet time.
- Someone told me I should have a daily quiet time and I felt guilty
- I think God loves me more when I have a daily quiet time. (Untrue, by the way)
Ultimately, the only motivation that lasts is a deep love of God that moves us to do his will.Ultimately, the only motivation that lasts is a deep love of God that moves us to do his will. Click To Tweet
How do I have a daily Bible time?
The simple answer is read your Bible every day.
But we tend to overthink, overcomplicate, and overanalyze. We want some assurance that we are doing things the “right” way. If you are reading something in your Bible and understanding something from your reading, then you are doing it right. Period.
That being said, the following steps provide a little more guidance for those who are interested:
1) Make a plan
Choose a consistent time and place to read your Bible. Think about what makes sense in the rhythm of your day. It might be on the couch in the morning or it might be at your desk at lunchtime.
Then decide what you’re going to do. You could follow a Bible reading plan, study a book of the Bible, complete a Bible study book, or use a concordance to study a certain topic. Some people also enjoy writing out verses then reflecting on what they mean in a journal.
Don’t feel like you need to have an additional book to help you study. You can use the questions below to help you analyze any story from the Bible on your own.
Even though it’s not necessary, sometimes it’s helpful to let a book guide us through studying the Bible. I’ve included a list of some of my favorites in the Resource section of this post.There isn't a perfect way to read your Bible. If you're opening God's word and learning from it, you're doing it right. Click To Tweet
2) Show up faithfully
All the planning in the world doesn’t matter if you don’t actually carry out the plan. It’s not intentions that will move us from complacent to committed; it’s our actions.
So just do it. Work your plan. Don’t give up. You will miss a day. You will be interrupted. But keep showing up. Show up again the next day and the next and the next.
Then you will grow in self-discipline and a closer relationship with God will be your reward.It's not our intentions that will move us from complacent to committed; it's our actions. Click To Tweet
3) Adjust when needed
Don’t be afraid to adjust when needed!
You may need to switch Bible studies to better match the areas you want to grow.
Or you might find that the mornings don’t work for you, so you switch to a later time in the day.
Perhaps you have difficulty focusing on the first reading plan you try. Just try another one. For example, when I have tried to read through the Bible chronologically in the past, I never finished. I’m doing much better with my current plan, which has me in the Old Testament, New Testament, and Psalms every day.
Be flexible. It’s good to have a routine, but don’t make yourself a slave to it.It's great to have a structure for your time with God, but don't become a slave to routine. Be stubborn about the goal, but flexible about the methods. Click To Tweet
- Use your phone to remind you to read at a certain time.
- Use a habit tracker (like this one) to solidify the habit. Reward yourself when you complete it!
- Be flexible. It’s okay if your daily Bible time looks different than someone else’s.
- Get others involved. Invite a friend to read the same plan as you and talk about it or give someone permission to hold you accountable.
- Use apps to help
The links below are affiliate links. If you purchase something through these links, I will receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. Compensation or not, these are honestly my favorites out of the Bible studies I’ve used:
It’s Worth It
Building this habit it is so worth it! It takes some persistence to read your Bible every day in the midst of all your other responsibilities, but it’s a spiritual discipline that you will never regret developing. Time spent with God is never wasted.
When you’re just plain busy:
9 Ways for Busy Women to Get in the Word
When you can’t focus:
7 Practical Bible Study Tips for the Easily Distracted
When you want even more Bible study resources:
Bible Study Pinterest Board
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