There are many reasons why we need spiritual discipline, most of these reasons are purely based on your spiritual growth and your traction as a believer who is following and growing in Christ. When we talk about growing spiritually, it is an intentional part of your life. Children do not just grow, they are tended to and they are nurtured so that they can grow. Neglect is visible with children; if you do not invest enough in them, you will see them decline and wither away.
In the same way that we offer food, sleep, comfort, love and milk, our spiritual life demands a routine that will grow us and bring us into maturity. But what are some spiritual disciplines that we need to learn daily?
- Disciple making- Matthew 28:19
- Prayer- Matthew 21:22
- Thankfulness- Colossians 3:17
- Fasting- Joel 2:12
- Reading of the word and doing/living the word of God – Romans 15:4
- Meditation on the word- Joshua 1:8
- Fellowship with the believers- 1 John 1:7
- Confession (public and private confession)- James 5:16
- Service to God and others- Hebrews 6:10
- Generosity- Proverbs 11:24-25.
- Sexual Purity- Colossians 3:5
- Holiness- 2 Corinthians 7:1
- Rest- Matthew 11:28-30
Three quick reasons why we need spiritual discipline
- We become more like Christ. Becoming more like Christ means practicing what Christ did. You cannot partake of the glory of Christ if you are not willing to partake of his suffering and his process. Jesus went through these things and in this he was proven. If we want to become like him, we must do what he did and that is the heart of God for us. Christ lived out these exercises so that it is easier for us to follow after him.
- These disciplines are important for faith building. It is quite an amazing thing when we connect to a spiritual activity and we immediately receive a faith injection. Most of these exercises will give you a God-perspective and allow you to see life through the lens of God.
- They will heal your spirit, body and soul. Often, we forget that when God designed our life practices he understood best how he made us and what he put in us. God placed certain things within man because he fashioned us, and he knows best how these elements can repair us and heal us. The practice of these exercises is reparative and necessary for life.