Friday, January 30, 2015

Vicarious Spirituality

Encouragement for your daily walk with God

Is your spiritual experience firsthand or secondhand? There’s no doubt that we live very busy lives. We fill our calendars to the max, but if we look carefully, time with God is not an entry. And some Christ followers, regretfully, rather than carving out time to spend with the Lord, will listen to others who have spent time with Him and benefit from them. In a sense they’re saying, let them tell us what God is saying and what God is doing. After all, isn’t that what we pay the preacher for?

If that is your approach, if your’s is a vicarious spirituality, I’d like to throw out a little challenge to you: Do you do the same in other areas of your life?

You don’t do that with vacations, do you? 

You don’t do that with romance, do you?

You don’t let someone eat your meals for you, do you?

There are critical things in this life that you should be doing on your own behalf. And one of those is spending personal time with God.   

Come near to God and He will come near to you…Humble yourselves before the Lord, and He will lift you up. James 4:8a, 10

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