Commit to a spiritual practice
1. God says in the book of Isaiah, ‘These people, they honor me with their lips but their hearts are far from me.’ Do you ever feel like you’re just going through the motions? Spend time this week examining why you do what you do. Why do you tithe or give God a portion of your income? Why do you help your neighbor? Why do you teach Sunday school or attend worship? Do you do these things to keep the family happy? So that you don’t feel guilty? Ask God to purify your heart and soul and to give you pure motives.
2. Read Scripture for fifteen minutes each day this week. Choose a method of reading (for example, tackling a chapter or a section a day, practicing Lectio Divina, or reading a story of Jesus in the Gospels and thinking about where you fit into the story) and follow it. Look for a word or phrase that connects with you and let it influence how you represent God in the course of your day.
3. Do you know someone who is turned off by Christianity? Make a real effort this week to talk with them about the deeper issues—life, death, meaning and purpose. Ask the person how he or she feels. Ask questions and learn from them. If appropriate, share how living a life in Christ affects you.
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