- Our Lives
- Our Faith Passed On
- Our Family
- Our Friends
Each one of these is important to develop as you build a legacy.
As we look to pass on our legacy to those around us we must first look at our own lives. Now I know you can make an argument for each one to work on and do first. I guess, in reality, we work on all of them as we live.
But when we read the Bible and apply it to our lives it changes us. The powerful Word of God changes our lives, words, actions, relationships, attitudes, families, friends and faith as we look to pass our legacy on to others.There can be no permanent change apart from the power of God’s Word and the Holy Spirit. Click To Tweet
God must be the center of every change in our lives.
So as we examine each one of these legacies we need to start with our own lives. As we do, we need to look at developing our spiritual lives.
Here are the main spiritual disciplines to develop:
Bible Study – Spend time everyday reading and or studying God’s Word. There are many ways to do it and many strategies to be consistent. The main goal is to make it a habit and let it change your life. You can read the Bible your whole life and never let it change you. The Bible must change us from the inside out. Let it.
Prayer – Fellowship with God through prayer is vital to our spiritual growth as Christians. Prayer molds us to God’s Will and plan for our lives. God uses prayer to speak to us, comfort us, and more. A praying person is a growing person. If you are not spending time in prayer, you are not growing in your relationship with God.
Memorization – This is a hard one to develop. When I was a boy I went through the Awana program and memorized many Scripture verses. And in college I had to memorize many verses to do well on my tests. While I learned much during those times, it has been very difficult for me to keep up memorizing Scripture. While this is an area for growth, I have seen and experienced the benefit of Scripture memorization in my life. I cannot tell you how many times, God has brought different passages to mind while speaking, counseling, talking with people or going through life circumstances. Check out the app RememberMe.
Worship – This is attending church regularly and incorporating worship in our daily lives. We need our church family to help us grow spiritually. It helps us to be better-rounded followers, and encourages us. Pandora radio and other tools are great to listen to worship songs and aid in daily worship.
Obedience – The natural flowing of our spiritual lives should be reflected in our obedience to Christ. We obey in fulfilling the Great Commission and in the practice of scripture reading and prayer. Often they are principles that we apply to our lives that enact change. The Christian walk is one of action, not just knowledge. While obedience is not easy, we are given the help of the Holy Spirit.
These are the main disciplines that came to mind.
My prayer is that as I practice these disciplines, my family, friends and others will catch on and their lives influenced because of it.
What discipline would you add?
How have you been influenced by someone else’s spiritual disciplines?