Nurturing Your Spirit

Nurturing Your Spirit
By: Ken Marston, Regional Minister
Kansas Messenger October 2017

“They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.” (Acts 2:42)

Devotion. Dedication. Discipline. These point to an essential truth if we desire a growing relationship with God. We must be willing to spend time with God developing our relationship. Time with God cannot be haphazard, occasional or unfocused.

Early Christians’ devotion, dedication, and discipline was focused in four ways: 1) “to the apostles’ teaching” (think Bible Study for today), 2) to fellowship (we learn to love God by learning to love others), 3) to the breaking of bread (gathering at the Lord’s Table in worship), and 4) the prayers. This prayer moves beyond intercessory lists and want lists, to an earnest seeking after God, a pouring out of one’s heart as if to a dear friend, and quiet listening for God’s still small voice.

So, I encourage you. Devote yourself to daily Bible reading and regular study with others. Devote yourself to nurturing relationships with others. Make weekly worship a priority for your life. Take up the discipline of prayer, when you start your day each morning, and in the evening as you lay down to sleep.

 

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