So you attended a church service- again. And it was great- again. Now what? Time to return to ‘the real world’ or ‘normal life’ until next time? Is it possible for you to derive more value from church services? I absolutely think so.
The interesting part, however, is that what happens after the service determines how much value you truly derive from the service itself. Let me explain.
In today’s post, I share two simple acts, which if practiced consistently, will produce progressively better rewards and bring tangible growth in the daily practice of your faith.
So very quickly, what are these activities?
1. Check if those things are so!
Time constraints in delivering sermons sometimes forces the preacher to breeze through a bunch of Bible verses to get to the main point.
In the unhurried environment of your home, revisit those texts and read them for yourself. Study them. Consciously.
“…these [Jews] were better disposed…for they were entirely ready and accepted and welcomed the message…with inclination of mind and eagerness, searching and examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so.
Many of them therefore became believers,…”
Acts 17:11-12 [The Amplified Bible]
It’s just like school- the best students go beyond the lecture notes. They study, research and develop deeper understanding of the course materials in private study. The same principle applies here.
The practice of checking if those things are so expands your comprehension of the subject matter so you aren’t limited to the extent the preacher covered. Your understanding is crystallized, the word becomes more ‘personal’ and you know because you know, not just because you were told. Above all, you get to see it for yourself and discover where you need to make adjustments. That leads me to the next point.
2. Make adjustments.
The essence of God’s word is not to fill our heads with knowledge, but to change our lives.
The word is a mirror. It exposes the deeper motives and thoughts of the human heart. It has the inherent power to highlight specific areas in our lives that need to be straightened out.
When the word confronts those areas in your life, make no excuses. Present no defence for errors.
Swallow the bitter pill of correction and make the appropriate changes. As the word presents a clearer picture of who we really are, we must allow it to change us by doing what it says. The secret is in doing after learning. This is how we grow in character and the practice of our faith.
In conclusion, I’m reminded of this instruction that is still relevant today.
“…we ought to pay much closer attention than ever to the truths that we have heard, lest in any way we drift past [them] and slip away.”
Hebrews 2:1 [The Amplified Bible]
It is normal to forget. Drifting takes no effort. And breaking old patterns usually demands consistent exposure to the new. I’m confident that as you infuse these two practices on a consistent basis into your daily life, you will see the rich rewards in no time.
Stay in faith.
Live by Design.