You can only get good at those things you practice.
No one picks up a guitar and can immediately play.
No one picks up a hammer and can immediately build.
No one picks up a doctor’s bag of instruments and can immediately heal.
Why do people tend to think they can be ‘spiritual’ or faithful while never regularly practicing any of disciplines: prayer, meditation, reading scripture, serving others?
No one can succeed without consistent care and practice… in the arts, in the trades, in the professional world, AND in the faith.
The last bunch of days I have been reflecting on the things I am going to focus upon with a renewed, intentional, dedication beginning on Septemeber 1st. Spiritual discipline is an essential area of focus… and one that a person can never be perfect in, but rather, always be perfecting more and more.
Peter was a close, personal, friend of Jesus and, for all intents and purposes, he ‘took over’ the church from Jesus. One thing Peter teaches about discipline is this (1 Peter 1:13):
prepare your minds for action; discipline yourselves; set all your hope on the grace that Jesus Christ will bring you when he is revealed.
This was Peter’s instruction to all who were putting their faith in God… spend your days and time practicing, practicing, practicing faith.
Practice makes perfect (or at least ‘perfecting’)