Our daily personal devotion with God and regular fellowship with brothers and sisters represent the twin tracks of consolidation and growth in our Christian life and walk with the Lord. Both are key without which neither consolidation nor growth can properly take place.
Of the two for many the first is the bigger challenge, the taller mountain to climb. Yet it is vital to establish this habit of daily connecting with God through a regularly set time of devotion with Him that is jealously guarded if growth and consolidation are to be achieved and we are to successfully run the race marked out for us.
Heb 12:1 — Heb 12:2
… let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith…
We see here that endurance is key to running and completing our race and not just starting it. Such endurance is grown over time with the discipline of daily devotion with the Lord and dedicated fellowship with brothers and sisters in Christ.
To be sure these disciplines of themselves are and achieve nothing. They are but frameworks for facilitating a greater goal, a larger objective which is meeting with God Himself and the nurture and cultivation of the most important relationship of our lives. This is the heart of the matter – meeting with God and looking after the most important relationship of our lives. The Rule of life, our daily devotion and regular gathering with other Christian brothers and sisters serve no other purpose but these two – our meeting with God and nurture of our personal relationship with Him. For at its most basic Christianity is a relationship – the most important one of our lives – and not a religion. Our primary calling and the sole reason for the revelation of the Son of God is so that each one of us can enjoy a relationship with Him.
1 John 1:3
…that which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ.
Our daily devotion therefore becomes the place where this, the greatest and most far reaching relationship of our lives is both expressed and nurtured. It is in our dedication to our daily devotion that we regularly meet with God and grow this awesome relationship with Him. It is here that we connect with God and diligently look after the most important relationship of our lives.
Let’s keep doing it.