Faith Formation: Good Sightings
Pastor Ryan - October 10, 2023
James4:8 (NLT) “Come close to God, and God will come close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, for your loyalty is divided between God and the world.”
One of the most, maybe THE most, important ways we can live our faith is with daily devotions. A daily devotion can be a reading from a prepared book or simply reading through the bible. The idea, whatever your tool, is to get God into your daily life. Read from His Word and then spend some time in prayer.
There are whole dissertations on how to pray or how to read the bible. The most important part is not that you do it “right” but that you do it. Yes, some ways are “better” than others, but all ways are good. The goal is not to be able to walk on water, as if that was an option. The goal is to put God in your everyday life. When God finds His way into your daily thoughts it becomes easier to see Him. It becomes easier to see how He is working, because He is always working in our lives.
We may not believe it, we may not see it, we may not understand it, but every day God is present in your life. A practice of daily devotion will begin to allow us who practice a chance to see God. To recognize that there are people and opportunities that pop up every day. We can see not just the major life altering events, but the subtle and still small voice of God in our everyday life.
Seeing God’s hand in our everyday life is a powerful way to understand how much God loves us. But noticing God’s hand doesn’t happen by accident. It takes daily devotion and reflection. If we devote ourselves to God, we can get to a place where we can share what He is doing and move with Him. That is called building the Kingdom of God. We can see how He is moving in others’ lives; that’s called evangelism. We can share our observations with other Christians; we call that Fellowship. When we do this day in and day out, that’s called a life in Christ.