SATURDAY May 12, 2018
And I, brethren, could not speak to you as to spiritual people but as to carnal, as to babes in Christ.
1 Corinthians 3:1
The attitudes and problems of many of the Christians in Corinth were due to their carnality, instead of spirituality. Many of them were not willing to do what God declared in His Word. Yet, God had a purpose and a plan for their lives. God intended to use their lives, but because of their carnality, they were cheating themselves out of His blessings.
Today, spirituality is a minority instead of a majority, especially when you take into consideration people’s devotional lives. If we want to be spiritual people, then we need to spend quality time on our faces before God. We cannot just spend five minutes reading a single devotion. We need to read the Bible systematically and take time to meditate––thinking about what we have just read. The Scriptures need to make sense to us.
I find the best time to be with the Lord is early in the morning. I know some people like the evenings, and others prefer mornings. But it is good to spend time with the Lord in the morning, because when you get up later, you have no time to meditate on what you have read. The day is already going, and there are too many other things to think about.
We need to follow Christ’s example. He went early in the morning to spend time alone with the Father: Now in the morning, having risen a long while before daylight, He [Jesus] went out and departed to a solitary place; and there He prayed (Mark 1:35).
The essence of meditation is a period of time set aside to contemplate the Lord, listen to Him, and allow Him to permeate our spirits.
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