For the final day of our Devotional Journey, Laurie McIntyre writes that what growing Christians need is not a new idea but a commitment to put into practice what we already know. This commitment, she writes, is similar to trying to lose weight. Laurie says,
"I liken it to the multi-billion dollar dieting industry?Those of us who struggle with unwanted pounds are always on the lookout for some new strategy, breakthrough method, or even the ever-hoped-for magic pill that will melt the pounds away and somehow eliminate the hard work of denying ourselves and hitting the gym. In truth, there is no easy way and no one can do it for us."
Her bottom line: There are no shortcuts to spiritual intimacy with God.
The most common barrier to spiritual intimacy that we see on this blog is busyness and over-commitment. This isn't something that I personally struggle with (maybe because I don't have kids!) but I make plenty of other common mistakes. Sometimes I mistake acts of service or ministry for closeness to God. Then there's materialism, or entitlement (oy, that's a big one). And the list goes on. Laurie's right ? I need a spiritual kick in the pants. I know what I need to do be grow closer to the Lord, but I don't do it.
How about you? Are you willing to do the hard work needed to follow Jesus and grow in intimacy with him?