This week my son and I finally cut the grass in our backyard. I usually take pride in my backyard. I hardly ever let my grass get high. When it is high it is no fun and it is just ugly to look at. I had let things get in my way of taking care of my responsibility. As I was cutting yesterday I realized that when I neglect things it takes longer to get them back in order. We cut our grass and my neighbors grass since we share a backyard. The yards are so small that it should take less then forty-five minutes to cut and edge. In all it took a couple of hours for the both of us. It was hard work but in the end I was able to stand back and admire what we had accomplished.
You may be asking, what is the point. The point is that we allow the small things to get in the way of the important things. We do some things that might not be as important and neglect things such as maintenance. When you have a relationship with Jesus there are things you need to do to keep that relationship healthy. You cannot let life interfere with your relationship with Jesus. Spiritual growth does not happen overnight. The problem is that when we neglect healthy spiritual growth we allow weeds to grow up and overtake that spiritual growth.
Here are some ways to nurture your spiritual growth:
1. Pray – This is a two way relationship. There are two parties involved, you and God. If you are not willing to talk to God, you cannot build on the relationship. Have you ever built a relationship without talking with the other person?
9 “This, then, is how you should pray: “‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed is your name. Matthew 6:9
2. Bible – God’s word is an amazing thing. We can learn so much truth from reading it and studying it. God has given us a user manual. It is up to us to read it.
16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness. 2 Timothy 3:16
3. Church – We are not to forsake the assembly of others. God wants us to join in fellowship with others. It gives us a support system to lean on and learn from.
25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. Hebrews 10:25
4. Worship – I know most people think of worship as singing praises to Him. The problem is that worship involves so much more. It involves getting your heart right. It involves everything listed.
16 Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. Colossians 3:16
I pray that you do not neglect your relationship with Jesus. Life gets busy but we cannot get so busy that we cannot make time for Jesus.
If you do not know Jesus as your savior please do not wait until it’s too late. I will be glad to talk with you. Find a pastor that is close to where you live. Get on your knees and ask God to forgive you of the sins in your life. Make Him the Lord of your life.