People ask me the same question a lot. It’s a different question, but it’s the same question.
- How do I grow in my faith?
- How do I get closer to God?
- How do I follow Jesus more closely?
- Don’t do it alone.
Research shows that having a partner improves human performance. This is true for runners, people trying to lose weight, people trying to quit drinking, people trying to save money, and people trying to grow as a disciple. Ask a friend to help you. Tell them your plan and invite feedback. Invite them to hold you accountable. Find someone who will encourage you and support you. The possibilities are unlimited. Pray together. Read a book of the Bible together. Serve together.
- Put appointments with God on your calendar.
We put whatever and whoever is important on our calendar. Like meetings at work or our kid’s sports or working out or a family reunion. If praying, reading the Bible, worshipping, journaling, fasting, going to life group, and serving is on your calendar—such things will happen.
- Do what works for you.
If you aren’t much a reader then reading through the Bible in a year probably isn’t going to be your best plan. Or if you have attention deficit disorder then long periods of focused prayer shouldn’t be the primary part of your plan. If you love serving people then serve often. You will be blessed and a blessing. If you are an extrovert and enjoy people then join a life group and be nourished by community. Do what works for you.
- Practice away.
Christianity is not about learning information—it is about life transformation. Remember Max Beerbohm’s, Happy Hypocrite, in which a wicked man wore the mask of a saint to woo and win the saintly girl he loved. Years later, when a castoff girlfriend discovered the ruse, she challenged him to take off the mask in front of his beloved and show his face for the sorry thing it was. He did what he was told, only to discover that underneath the saint’s mask, his face had become the face of a saint. When we forgive, give, serve, study, love, and listen we will experience transformation from who we are into who God wants us to become.
- Have fun.
Christianity is engaging and exciting and fun. If you consider it boring then you are doing it wrong. Have fun, give yourself some grace, and enjoy the journey.