Thursday, June 11, 2015

Second-Hand Spirituality

Encouragement for your daily walk with God

Maybe you’ve tried to have a daily quiet time but it hasn’t been consistent or successful. Perhaps you’ve set up prayer times only to have them turn into nap-time. Some of you have a hard time concentrating while others are just plain too busy to spend quality time with God, listening to His voice. So you settle for Option Two, what I call, “Second-Hand Spirituality.” Second-Hand Spirituality is where you let other Christ followers spend time with God, listen to His voice, and then you try to benefit from their experience. You let them tell you what God is saying rather than hearing it for yourself. After all, isn’t that what preachers and elders are for!

Is yours a first-hand experience with God, or do you have Second-Hand Spirituality? If you answered, “Second-Hand,” I’d like to challenge you with this question: Do you do that in other areas of your life? Do you let other people take a vacation for you? Do you go to a restaurant and let others eat for you? Most likely not! 

There  are certain things that should never be done on your behalf…most importantly, spending time with God.

Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. James 4:8

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