We are considering how keeping our daily connect with God live is essential and important, that it is not just a routine but a live connection with the true God that is designed to produce tangible results and palpable transformation in our lives.
To recap, so far we noted 3 very important reasons why, as disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ, we need to commit to the discipline of personally connecting with God every day through a set time of daily devotion and keeping in regular and frequent fellowship with brothers and sisters.
1. It is the number one platform where we meaningfully connect to, relate with and experience God for ourselves. It is here that we fellowship with God personally and our faith in Him finds its primary expression (1 John 1:3).
2. It is where we grow in our personal knowledge and intimacy with God which is what gives us access to everything required for life and godliness (2 Pet 1:3).
3. It represents the major avenue of our transformation into Christlikeness. It is here, as we experience and grow in the knowledge of God for ourselves, as we get to know Him personally more and more we transform into His likeness more and more (2 Cor 3:18).
Benefit # 4
Our set and ring-fenced daily connect with the Lord and frequent and regular fellowship with brothers and sisters represents the place where we put down deep roots and establish ourselves in Christ.
Col 2:6 — Col 2:7
Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.
This becomes very important and essential as we live in a postmodern world that not only has no sympathy toward the Christian faith but is openly hostile to it. Therefore, if we are to escape being taken captive through philosophy and empty deceit like the apostle Paul warned the Colossian Christians (Col 2:6-7), we not only need to be fully conversant with what we believe, the basic facts of the Christian faith we have made our own, but, more importantly, we need to be rooted and established in the person of Jesus Christ. In this way we ensure that we are not persuaded by plausible arguments and taken …captive through philosophy and empty deceit based on human tradition, based on the elemental forces of the world, and not based on Christ. (Colossians 2:8)
This is fundamentally different from head or intellectual knowledge of facts about Christ and the faith but rather a personal and empirical knowledge of the Saviour Himself and an establishment and construction of our lives on Him. This requires our dedicated and personal application and investment of His truth in our own lives which our daily connect with God and regular fellowship with brothers and sisters is designed to facilitate.
1 Peter 2:6
For it stands in Scripture: “Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone, a cornerstone chosen and precious, and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame.”