10 Spiritual Growth Steps for Christian Writers
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The problem is, it is far too easy to stray away from the Lord. No, not in extreme ways like getting involved in drugs, sex, and rock ‘n roll. We drift imperceptively away from him. The Lord remains in our thoughts but not at the forefront of our thoughts. It becomes a matter of unintentional neglect.
Keeping our eyes on the Lord in the hubbub of a busy life is not easy. It requires intentionality and a certain level of intensity. Here are ten things you can do. Each step will bring you closer to Christ.
1. Read through the Gospels in two weeks
They focus on the person and work of Christ, and theological debates are minimal. You can bask in his glory. Did you know the four Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) total only about 84,000 words in most English translations? Just scan the involved genealogy in Matthew and get to the meat of his life and teachings.
2. Start a scripture memorization plan
Learn one new verse each week. Repeat that verse in the micro-seconds you have when your mind goes blank as you write. Pick your verses. To get started, memorize these your first month: John 14:27, Galatians 2:20, Colossians 1:16, and Joshua 1:8.
3. Start a journal
Record how reading through the Gospels changed your perspective. Write down the times and places memorized scripture came to mind and encouraged you. Track your feelings about the challenges and blessings of your life. Write a few sentences every. Include the date so you can see your consistency and commitment to the spiritual growth process.
4. Invest a minimum of 15 minutes each day in prayer
Confess your sins and be in intercession for others. Keep a list of people and situations to bring before the Lord. Write down answers to prayer in your journal.
5. Find an accountability partner
Pray for each other and encourage each both in your writing project and also in spiritual growth. Be in contact by phone, Zoom, or in person at least three times per week. Put the Lord first in your conversation.
6. Let people know you care about them
Write and send an encouraging note or email to one of the people on your prayer list or another friend or neighbor that comes to your mind. Do this at least once a week.
7. Donate to a different ministry each month
This may be money or it could be your writing talent. Be aware of the needs around you and seek to meet a selected need on an ongoing basis. As we walk close to the Lord, we are compelled to help others with material, spiritual, or emotional needs.
8. Take care of your body
It is the temple of the Holy Spirit. This means having a plan and implementing it. Eat healthy food, exercise, and get regular medical checkups. The Lord will enhance the quality of your writing when your body is functioning as he intended. Be creative. You might be able to make the most of your time by doing things like walking each day with your accountability partner.
9. Take care of your mind
Do not allow yourself to be distracted by worry or negative self-talk. Do not let past shortcomings, mistakes, or guilt ruin your walk with the Lord today. Give your burdens to Jesus, and he will give you rest.
10. Keep your household in order
That means giving a high priority to your spouse and children, keeping the interior of your home as organized as possible, maintaining the exterior of your home. It is difficult for most of us to balance finances these days, but we honor the Lord when you do it.
If you have followed the Lord for any length of time, you know that spiritual growth lists are easy to develop. The problem we all face is maintaining consistency and growing closer to the Lord day-by-day.
That is the reason we tend to stray from God. It is a part of our carnal nature. We can all learn from Peter. Of all the disciples, he had the firmest resolve to follow the Lord. He said nothing would separate him from the Savior. Yet, in his humanity, he denied the Lord repeatedly (Luke 22:54-62). The rooster crows in all of our lives.
That, of course, is why we need a Savior. He saves our souls but he also has the power to save us from ourselves. Following Christ is about commitment. It is also about constant recommitment to continue our spiritual growth on a daily basis. If we intend to be disciples, we must be disciplined.