Have you ever gotten the shock of your life? I did -- here at Bible college! Coming from a church that preaches standards, I started to think that my standards were the measure of my spirituality. Now don't get me wrong, music and dress are important areas in life that need to be addressed, but these do not determine how healthy you are spiritually.
Remember the story of Mary and Martha? Even though Martha could be awarded "Miss Multi-Task," Jesus commented that Mary had chosen "that good part" (Luke 10:42). All she did was sit at Jesus' feet and hear His word! Martha probably juggled most of the cleaning and meal preparation, yet obviously she missed something.
This story shows two important points: Even though serving the Lord is extremely important, He would rather you spend time with Him than do something for Him. Also, we can become so "careful and troubled about many things" that we neglect personal time with the One we're supposed to be pleasing. Being involved in ministry and going on visitation are good things, but don't put so much emphasis on them that you forget the best things.
If prayer and time in the Word are indeed the measure of your spirituality, then how healthy are you? Do you feast daily? Are you malnourished? You might be wondering, "What's the big deal?" In Part 2, I will explain what exactly we accomplish by having daily devotions. I'll even answer the question, "If God knows our prayers before we even ask, then what's the point of praying?" I pray that through this series, you will see how to start out the semester right!