I played golf with a good friend this morning. It was my first time out this year and I played about as well as I usually do – BAD :). For some reason I thought it might be different this time. I thought, maybe I’ll hit the ball straight…maybe I won’t spend half the time searching for my ball or fishing it out of the water…maybe I’ll be a better golfer. Of course, we all know that’s not the way it works. I rarely golf; I haven’t golfed in almost a year, and I haven’t done anything to get better. To develop as a golfer I need to do things like: play more often, take lessons, visit the driving range. It takes an investment on my part. If I don’t work at it, I’m not going to get better.
I think it’s easy to approach our spiritual life this way as well. If we want to develop as Christ-followers, we need to work at it. We need to invest in our spiritual life. I Timothy 4:7-8 tells us…
Have nothing to do with irreverent, silly myths. Rather train yourself for godliness; for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.
Training ourselves for godliness implies being intentional in our spiritual development. We need to commit ourselves to things like: regularly attending church, finding a place to serve, getting involved in a small group, Bible reading, prayer, and regular giving…just name a few :).
May you be intentional about developing your relationship with God.