Think like a farmer. This is Glenna Marshall’s advice when it comes to persevering in spiritual disciplines. Just as a farmer must plant the seeds, water, fertilize, weed and wait, our spiritual growth is a slow process. It requires steady attention even when we’re not seeing or feeling the results.
What is everyday faithfulness? It’s pretty basic. Follow Christ through regular Bible reading, prayer and corporate worship. That’s it. It’s nothing fancy and complicated. Nothing that, as Christians, we don’t already know we should be doing.
Why is it important? Here’s what Glenna has to say:
“I know now that unless we all commit to regular, daily faithfulness to Christ, we’ll be confessing our prayerlessness and dusty Bible covers for years to come ….”
If we aren’t persistent in incorporating spiritual disciplines into our daily routines, we’ll never grow and mature in the faith.
There are nine chapters which explain how to live faithful lives during challenging times. For example:
- When it’s difficult to remain disciplined
- When you’re busy
- When you’re waiting
- When you doubt
- When you’re suffering
- When your spiritual life feels dry
- When you sin
- When you grow old
At the end of each chapter, Ms. Marshall gives a brief description of a woman she has known who exemplifies perseverance in the particular season of life described. It’s not always easy to find the time, energy or motivation to read the Bible, pray and attend worship and other church activities. However, the rewards of continuing them even when we don’t feel like it are great. Once we learn to “think like a farmer” we’ll reap a plentiful harvest of peace and righteousness.
The theology is spot-on. Ms. Marshall is quick to point out that God not only plants our faith in us, His Holy Spirit encourages and assists us in sanctification. She also quotes from a number of sources that will encourage further reading on the topic.
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