Seven Key Habits For Following Jesus
Habits are important in our lives. They will either provide a great foundation that allow our lives to withstand the storms of life, or they will be sand, allowing our lives to be washed away. The following is a list of key habits that will help us follow Jesus. None of this is rocket science or anything that hasn’t been heard before. However, if you’re like me, you will find a habit here that needs to be built into your life that will help you in your walk with Jesus.
1. The Bible
I don’t care how much you read the Bible on a given day. You don’t have to be a champ who reads it through four times a year, or once for that matter. Just read it. Something. There are plenty of systems out there that can help you if you don’t know where to start. Read a little when you wake up. Read a little more during your lunch hours. Repeat before you go to bed. Just read it.
God created us for relationship with Himself. Why don’t we talk to him? He’s not expecting flowery speech. He just wants you to get real with him. Imagine not talking to your spouse. Your relationship would wither, wouldn’t it? Same with our relationship with God. The great thing is that there are no limits to this. You can pray all day long if you want.
You might say that you go to church and worship every Sunday. I say that’s a great start, but don’t limit it to there. Worship while you’re walking, running or gardening. Worship Him through your hobbies. When something big happens, realize that He is bigger and acknowledge it. Make worship a lifestyle, not an event.
You should be in a church. I don’t necessarily mean a large church. It can be a house church. It might consist of a dozen or thirty people. I do mean a regular group of people who love each other with a pastor who will serve and protect you. If you are in a larger group of people, you need to be in a small group of folks who you can meet with and where you can be open and honest. Open confession, this is latter bit is where I struggle greatly.
You need to have regular time of getting away from everyone and everything. John Wesley’s mother did this by putting her apron over her head. Her children knew not to bother her. We have options today. Find a place you can spend to be alone with God everyday. Once a months, block out three or four hours to get away with God. Maybe it’s a park or a low traffic area at the library. Once a year, get away for a night and a day alone with God. Explain this to your spouse. Encourage them to do the same.
Find someone to invest in. Guess what? You are further along in your faith than someone else. It doesn’t have to be formal or follow a plan. You may just catch up on what the Lord has been doing or share your struggles. It may help you more than it does the one you are investing in. The key is being intentional.
7. Faith Sharing
Tell others about Jesus. On purpose. What’s the worst that can happen? Someone asks you a question you don’t know? Be honest and tell them you don’t know, but you’ll find an answer. Get back with them. Don’t try to fake it. People see right through that. Your objection is that you don’t know enough about your faith to share? It doesn’t have to be a heavy, prepared evangelistic piece. Listen to others. There are lots of keys in their lives that open to door. Tell them what Jesus has done for you. It’s not as hard as we make it out to be.
As I look at this list, I find plenty of these that I am failing at. In fact, the way this post came about was me thinking about how I can make my relationship with the Lord better. That’s the challenge we all face.
Take one of these and work on it. Then begin stacking them. Pray while you read the Bible. Do both in solitude. Do both with others. Let’s just do them.
What habits do you need to work on? How can I pray for you in this area?