We all know the answer to this question. Sunday morning is not enough. This would be like wondering if one well cooked, extremely nutritious, and absolutely delicious meal per week would be enough to maintain a healthy existence. The answer class is... Of course not! Yet many believers are left to this type of spiritual diet. Granted, believers are to feed themselves during the week. This is why daily devotions are so crucial in the life of a believer. Every day during a special time set apart from any interruption or distraction, believers are to feed themselves with a personal study of the word, prayer, worship, and fellowship with our heavenly Father. A quick word of warning, do not jump on the "performance treadmill." Do not think that merely having a daily devotion is the means by which you will grow or be transformed into the image of Christ. It is not by the mechanical means of a ritualistic appointment that transforms you, it is a person - the Person of the Lord Jesus Christ. The appointment and means that you use are the tools by which Christ through the Holy Spirit feeds and nourishes you.
Most believers and so called believers do not have a viable quiet time or daily devotion. Some do not see the value or benefit. They read the bible periodically and usually topically. Others believe they are just too busy to set consistent time aside for such spiritual activities. They are always going to start one day but, well they just don't get around to it. Some start, even see the value, but do not know how to develop and maintain a devotion that is viable, beneficial, and results in a growing spiritual life. They quit. Many of these believers have told me that they didn't get anything out of it, it wasn't working for them, or it was boring.
"During one of our moves we bought a new home that had no lawn; the front and back yards were just bare earth. A friend of ours bought some sod for us and at the same time our neighbor bought his sod from the same company. When they were both laid, they looked beautiful (so much so that the landscaping company used our two lawns in some of their promotional advertising.)
Our neighbor decided to water his lawn with an automatic underground sprinkler system, which he installed before the lawn was laid. I chose to buy a hose and turned it over to my wife, Virginia. So I had a blonde out there with a hose watering our lawn while my neighbor would merely turn his controls on or off.
You cannot turn over a lawn to a mechanical system in a dry climate such as ours and expect success. Each blade of grass needs special care. That is much more true with people. Each of us has specific needs and these can only be met by other people."
This is why the one shot Sunday morning message as good as it is and as needed as it is, is not enough. People need people. They need to be taught by someone how to have a meaningful devotion. Allow me to say once again we are not told to make converts but the great commission is to make disciples.
Who needs you today?
Who are you working with one on one?
What believer do you know is showing some "brown-spots" and needs individual attention to turn "green?"
Who are you discipling?
Happy 9th Birthday to my grandson Diontre Dupre Paul Gresham IV of Tacoma, WA!
Wednesday - "Developing Disciples" - Steps to Christian Triumph
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