4 Gifts to Enhance my Spiritual Life
[ SABBATH | BIBLE READING | FASTING | PRAYER ]
Hey… Most teenagers, and if we’re honest, most adults live busy and distracted lives. Lives are filled with hobbies, Netflix, social media, gaming, relationships, and all sorts of things that are great, but often distract us or knock out of focus our primary relationship, the one we could have with God.
Looking at the topics of this series, you can see it’s a classic series on spiritual disciplines. I’ve left out the phrase “spiritual disciplines” from the title, not because I think it’s old and irrelevant, but because it often communicates to people really hard work, or something they have to work for, or even as punishments for being bad people.
Although these topics may be disciplines, in that they are rhythms or practices we put in our lives, I really see them as gifts. These are gifts, given to us by God. When we open and regularly use them to connect with Jesus, we find a greater focus on God and life itself comes into focus.
As you are sharing and teaching on these 4 gifts please, please, communicate that they are gifts, not shackles. Some people talk about spiritual disciplines as laws we need to live by not gifts that enhance our spiritual life with Jesus. You can absolutely share your struggles with practicing these things, but don’t forget to tell how you have experienced joy in Christ as you have practiced them (i.e. What you have learned, freedom you’ve found, times when you sensed God has really spoken to you, etc.)
As it says in Psalm 37:4
Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.
I really believe that people who delight themselves in God by these gifts (spiritual disciplines) will experience the desire of their heart which is ultimately a closer relationship with Jesus.
I hope and pray that you have fun preparing and teaching these topics and that you will be able to share the good news, seeing youth come to deeper and deeper levels of freedom in Christ and connection to Him.
If you have any questions about this material or about the Beulah Youth Ministry, please contact me, Joel, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks,
- Joel Brigham - Youth Pastor - Beulah Alliance Church