If you’re a Christ Follower, then you know just like I know that sometimes it can be pretty easy to get disconnected. Major life events come along or just the regular hustle and bustle of everyday life can come along and derail you from an amazing God-centered focus. Sunday mornings are great because it’s where we can all come together and hear an awesome word to prepare us for a new week but if we can be honest with ourselves, Sunday mornings are only a small part of our faith walk—at least they should be. So how do we ensure that we maintain that same spiritual motivation on Monday through Saturday that we have after Sunday Morning service? It’s up to us, not our pastors or spiritual leaders, to ensure that we are spiritually fed. I like to think of our spirits as ships. It’s our responsibility to make sure that our ships stay afloat and when we have too much worldly influence (or water) coming onto our ship, life gets heavy and we start to go under. When we actively incorporate Jesus and His word into our lives on a daily basis, we gain buoyancy because our spirits are light and we are able to float through life. In Colossians 2:4, Apostle Paul says, “So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness [NIV].” So how do we do that? How do we maintain that same fervor for Christ and not get dull in our faith? Here are a few ideas:
Find a Bible Reading Plan
The Bible is huge and sometimes it can be difficult to weed through (especially the Old Testament—let’s be real) but there are so many different plans out there to ensure that you’re consuming God’s word at a reasonable pace. As a matter of fact, most Bibles, particularly study Bibles, come with reading plans printed in the back. Bible plans usually only require a chapter or two per day which I believe is a pretty small commitment. Your Bible is your instruction manual to this life and without it, there’s no way that you can be spiritually full [Matthew 4:4]. If you want to learn more about Bible reading, take a look at this post.
Download a Devotional App
We truly live in a digital age and with everything in life being so fast paced, it’s good to have something on your phone or tablet that can keep you spiritually motivated throughout the day while you’re on the go. The She Reads Truth App and Jesus Calling have been my favorites but there are plenty on the App Store and Google Play Store to choose from.
Find A Good Podcast or Video Series
One of my favorite ways to stay spiritually full during the week is to listen to my favorite inspirational podcast. It’s just like having Sunday morning service except you can enjoy it in pajama pants and you can take breaks without missing a thing. If your church doesn’t offer a mid-week service, this is the perfect way to get some great teaching in. I like to listen to Joyce Meyer’s Enjoying Everyday Living podcast once or twice a week. Joel Osteen and Bishop TD Jakes have great podcasts also. Find a good podcast or video series that fits you and squeeze in a message or two while you’re getting things done around the house or just enjoying some down time.
Find or Create a Small Bible Study Group
So often we forsake the gift of fellowship but I can tell you that there is nothing more comforting than meeting with a group of people that share common interests with you and are willing to encourage you in Christ. Bible studies are cool because everyone perceives things differently and sometimes you gain different insight on scripture or Christian issues that you may not have heard before. If your church doesn’t have a small group setup and you feel led to, go ahead and create one with a few friends. You won’t regret it.
Read a Good Christian Book or Blog
If you’re struggling or feel like you need more development in a certain area such as prayer, fasting, or studying the word, I can promise you that there are at least 10,000 books out there for that. I always joke that my mother is the book lady because she has an entire library full of Christian reference books and whenever I need something, she’s the one to send it. If reading books isn’t your thing, plug into a good Christian blog that talks about real issues of faith and encourages you with Biblical-based inspiration.
The fact of the matter is, if you want to remain steadfast in your walk with Christ, you must be intentional about it. Sunday mornings alone will not be enough. A combination of these five things have kept me grounded in my faith and encouraged. I believe that they can do the same for you. Stay plugged in! God bless.
What are some other ways that you like to stay connected during the week?