“Lasting mission is always a product of authentic discipleship. By intentionally cultivating spiritual disciplines, we will be brought closer to the mind and heart of Christ.”
— Commissioner Barry C. Swanson
former territorial commander, USA East
“Read your Bible, pray every day, and you’ll grow, grow, grow!”
It’s just an old Sunday school chorus, but it packs so much wisdom into those few words. Reading the word of God and spending time with Him in prayer are both basic ways to grow in one’s spiritual life.
God’s word reveals His character and helps us to know how He wants us to live. Studying the Word and committing it to memory are both ways we can draw closer to Him and become more like Him.
Prayers of thanksgiving, praise, confession, and intercession are all ways we can communicate with Jesus. We should also wait on God and listen to what He is saying to us.
In addition to reading the Bible and praying, there are other ways to draw closer to Jesus. Practicing spiritual disciplines such as fasting, silence, service, solitude, worship, and submission are time–honored steps to deeper discipleship.
Fellowship with other Christians and corporate worship are also important to our spiritual growth.
We would do well to follow Paul’s advice to the Philippians, “Continue to work out your salvation [that is, cultivate it, bring it to full effect, actively pursue spiritual maturity] with awe–inspired fear and trembling [using serious caution and critical self–evaluation to avoid anything that might offend God or discredit the name of Christ]” 2:12b (AMP).
— Lt. Colonel Patricia LaBossiere
Territorial Secretary for Spiritual Life Development