Have you ever had a moment or a weekend conference that made God's grace so clear to you? A time where you walked away with an unmatched excitement about God, a spiritual high?
How long did you feel that energy? Spiritual highs are great, they are times when we feel closest to God, but like any high, they don't last.
I wish I could say that I wake up every morning gung-ho for Jesus, but honestly before having at least a cup of coffee I'm not gung-ho about anything.
How can we make those spiritual highs last? How can we prolong the experience?
I think Jerry Bridges says it best in his book Respectable Sins, "That is what we must do in order to daily, consciously appropriate the Gospel. We must preach it to ourselves everyday. Not only that, we need to personalize it to ourselves," (Jerry Bridges, Respectable Sins, p 36).
We need to keep reminding ourselves of the Gospel and God's grace every single day. We need to personalize it.
Not only did God so love the world, God so loved Abby.
Bridges recommends preaching to yourself every morning before you day even begins. And again before going to bed.
5 ways to remember the Gospel During your day:
- Have a daily quiet time. Quiet time is Christian speak for deliberately spending time with God alone. There are many different ways of doing this. It can be reading the Bible and journaling or it could be listening to worship music. Make God's word a priority.
- Be deliberate with your prayer life. Don't just treat God like a vending machine, but rather "pray without ceasing" (1 Thessalonians 5:17 ESV). Keep in constant communication with God.
- Listen to worship music. Instead of listening to secular music on the radio, listen to your local Christian music station. When a song inevitable gets stuck in your head, you'll be subconsciously praising God.
- Memorize scripture that is meaningful to you. Memorizing scripture gives you immediate access to God's word. You can think about it without needing the Bible in front of you. Pick verses that reminds you of God's grace. Personally I like memorizing Psalms because it helps me personalize what God has done for me. I've currently been working on Psalm 13 : 5,6 "But I have trusted in your steadfast love; my heart shall rejoice in your salvation. I will sing to the Lord, because he has dealt bountifully with me" (Psalm 13:5-6 ESV).
- Spend time with other believers. This may not practically be done daily but it can be a goal to strive for even if it's just a quick encouraging text. Fellowship helps us know that we're not alone. It can also be encouraging to see what God is doing in your friends' lives.
These are some things that have helped me remember God's grace on a daily basis. What helps you? How do you best remember God's grace?