1. Meet with God before anyone else.
Do you have a plan, first thing in the morning, to meet with God before anyone else? It’s one way of prioritizing Him above anything and anyone. It’s also a way of making sure you’re at your best, emotionally, by the time you start interacting with your friends, family neighbours, or co-workers.
2. Get into God’s Word every day.
If you’ve owned a Bible for years but have never read the entire book, this is a great time to start. There are several good resources available to help you read through the Bible in a year. Ask yourself where you want to be in your relationship with the Lord by the end of the year, and then set tangible goals for getting there through study. For instance, if you want to know God better, consider a study of His names in the Old Testament and Jesus’ “I am” statements in the New Testament. If you need to slow down and learn to listen for His voice, study all that the Word says about “rest” or “hearing” or his “voice.” If there are character traits you know you need to work on, consider an in-depth study of some or all of the fruits of the spirit (Galatians 5:22-23).
3. Participate in a weekly small-group Bible study and Church.
Not out of obligation but out of a desire to worship in the Lord’s house and be encouraged. Of course, we don’t have to go to Church to be a good Christian, but getting a weekly dose of music, prayer, worship and fellowship is often just what we need to stay focused on Christ after a long, hard week, or before a challenging week ahead (Hebrews 10:25).
We can grow at a faster rate in community because we are able to share our experiences with one another and hold each other accountable. Find a small group study in your local church or be the catalyst to start one among friends or neighbours or even co-workers during your lunch hour.