It’s happened countless times. The pastor gives an inspiring sermon and you feel challenged to step it up. You hear an amazing testimony about how God has used someone and you think, “Wow. I want to be like that.” Your Connect Group leader challenges you to have a daily quiet time or prayer time and you really want to start. But for some reason, you don’t ever make much progress.
You need a plan. The best intentions are worthless without some kind of strategy to put them into action. Everyone desires to do more and be better and go deeper, but not everyone will. Those who do, do it purposefully.
For example, if you want to start reading your Bible every day, you need to pick a time and place for that to happen. You need to pick a book of the Bible or study guide to read through. And you need to stick with it.
If you don’t, you may start off fine. You’ll read your Bible most days whenever you get a chance. But then you’ll get busy: schoolwork will pile up, friends will want to hang out, the holidays will hit. You’ll miss a day. Then two. Then a week. And before you know it, you’ll be back where you started. All because you didn’t implement a strategy to help you stay on track.
What areas do you want to grow in spiritually? Reading your Bible? Prayer? Controlling your words? Making it to church consistently? Knowing God more? All of these things can be achieved if you discipline yourself and plan ahead.
2 Timothy 2:15 – Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.