1 Corinthians 15:1-4
Now, brothers and sisters, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain. For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures.
As children of Christ, we are called to live in a different manner than many people around us. However, we are all human and everyone makes mistakes. The Bible says to ask for forgiveness and it shall be given unto you. But, after we are forgiven, how do we get back on the path God laid out for our lives?
To receive His gifts to the fullest, we must sacrifice the things in life that don’t point back to the Lord. Two of the main things that tend to keep us from enjoying all that God has in store for us are our habits and our attitudes. Fasting helps us focus on making the changes we need to improve our habits and attitudes.
As a high school student, I encounter a lot of “the world.” It is insane to me how sin has become expected. As I watch my peers, and sometimes friends, succumb to sinful habits and attitudes, I want to yell at them and say, “What are you doing? That is not okay!” Then I have to check myself and make sure I am keeping my own self accountable to practice habits and attitudes that strengthen my relationship with God.
During this fast, I have discovered that I don’t read my Bible as much as I should. I have now started to work more on my devotionals. Also, I discovered that I needed to evaluate my music. I went through my playlist and cleaned out songs that do not promote a Godly attitude. I have started to make small but significant sacrifices in my life, such as time and music, to get my mind back on track with the Word. In doing so, I have grown closer to who I really want to be, not just as a person, but as a child of God.
There comes a point when you need to look at yourself and question: “What are the things in my life that I can give up to spend more time in the Word?” Right now we are fasting, which, for these 21 days, frees up more time to spend in the Word. But what else do you need to change to spend more time in the Word and grow in your right habits and attitudes all year? Do you need to be more deliberate about your Bible study? Do you need to evaluate your music? What do you need to change to get closer to God throughout 2018?
I encourage you to set a steady pace for yourself as you work to improve your habits and attitudes this year. Stay steadfast in the Word and be amazed as He reveals the riches and gifts He has for you.
~ Jeanie Mahon, Author