Having a God-centered routine
We all have our own routines; whether it is waking up early to go for a run before work, or making sure you've got everything in order for the day ahead. Everyone's day runs differently, but how can we put God at the centre of everything we do?
Let's face it, we live in a world that is constantly in motion. From the moment we wake up, to the time we lay out head to rest. For most people, life is a blur from Monday to Friday due to the shifting gears of their daily routine, and when it comes to Saturday and Sunday they wonder why the week had just "flown by" and they live life as if they are "going through the motions".
But when we live life this way, it allows the stresses and challenges in life to gain a stronghold on us. Living live through the motions is therefore dangerous, as there is no central focus on our daily lives. We end up living or lives for our jobs, daily commitments, and many other miscellaneous things that end up filling up our days.
Through all of this we forget God and our relationship with Him. We get so caught up in living life that we end up excluding God from our daily routines without even realising it. We've all been guilty of it one way or another. Where we go days, even weeks, without praying and communication with our heavenly Father, and it has a ripple effect on our mental stability, how we manage our emotions and how we deal with our daily challenges and struggles.
That's why it's so important to include God in our daily lives. To make time, spending a moment in His presence where you can cast all your cares unto him, lay down all your burdens and free yourself from the stresses of life. When you have a routine where you give your time to God, you'll definitely start seeing a change.
We serve a God that is the breaker of chains, redeemer of souls and Victor of the power of death; what makes you think that the burdens and troubles that you face are a challenge for God to remove from your life? We serve an all powerful God!
When you make time for God in your daily routine, you are gearing yourself up for the day, and the days ahead. You'll feel more positive and optimistic because the word of God is giving you a confidence boost that no other motivational speaker or inspirational quote can.
That's why it is important that we remember to make the Lord is part of our daily lives by making time for things such as prayer, reading the word of God and spending time with other believers that help us grow.
- Firstly, one of the most important things is to make sure your actions and habits glorify God, and for that to happen we must firstly ask the Holy Spirit to be our instructor and guide during our day-to-day actions. Let's we look at Galatians 5:16-17:
“But I say, walk habitually in the [Holy] Spirit [seek Him and be responsive to His guidance], and then you will certainly not carry out the desire of the sinful nature [which responds impulsively without regard for God and His precepts]. For the sinful nature has its desire which is opposed to the Spirit, and the [desire of the] Spirit opposes the sinful nature; for these [two, the sinful nature and the Spirit] are in direct opposition to each other [continually in conflict], so that you [as believers] do not [always] do whatever [good things] you want to do. GALATIANS 5:16-17” (AMP)
In this verse, Paul explains the need of being led by the Holy Spirit because it stops our fleshly desires from lord over our lives, which are rooted in selfish desires and carnal impulses. However when the Holy Spirit is leading you every day, your actions will exemplify a good and righteous lifestyle that exalts the name of God. therefore, because of this, it is vital we continuously ask the Holy Spirit to guide us to God’s good and perfect will.
- Secondly,we must learn to sacrifice our own personal will and aims, and to exchange it for the will of God in our lives, and giving up our selfish desires. Luke 9:23 says
“And He was saying to them all, “If anyone wishes to follow Me [as My disciple], he must deny himself [set aside selfish interests], and take up his cross daily [expressing a willingness to endure whatever may come] and follow Me [believing in Me, conforming to My example in living and, if need be, suffering or perhaps dying because of faith in Me]” (AMP)
We must give up the desire to live our lives, and give it all up to God by making everything we do about him. This is done by making a sincere commitment to learn more about God's word, spending regular moments in His presence and by being dedicated to living our life to glorify Jesus Christ.
- Thirdly, another part of having a good and God-centred routine is by making a sincere commitment to be a kingdom builder, and bring people to the knowledge of Jesus Christ. In ephesians 2:8-10 it says
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
Make it your life’s commitment to bring people closer to God and to build the kingdom of Christ by preaching the good news of Jesus Christ to all people, whether it is a friend, a family member or a complete stranger. For example, a way of witnessing how powerful God is could be by sharing how He has changed your life, and how the Lord Jesus has transformed your life for the better.
Another way to be a ‘kingdom builder’ is by being actively involved in the christian community and your church, as this allows us to not just bring people to Christ, but serve his children and pave the way for others who are on their journey of experiencing Jesus.
- Fourthly, we must worship God with our actions, by letting Him be the sovereign ruler of our lives. This means letting God be in total control of the way we make decisions, how we respond to circumstances, and how we conduct ourselves as members of society. Collosians 3:17 (AMP) states:
“whatever you do [no matter what it is] in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus and in [dependence upon] His Person, giving praise to God the Father through Him.”
Therefore, let everything you do, be of service to God and His kingdom. To let Christ be Lord of your life means to put all your hope in him and not be conformed to the ways and traditions of the flesh (the inherent passions and desires controlled by selfish ambitions and self gratification) and letting all your actions to be something that leads someone to see the light of God in you.
So in conclusion, making God part of your daily routine is not just beneficial, but also necessary for spiritual growth. It shapes us and molds us into the people that God wants us to be. The moment we make a conscious effort to make God part of our everyday life, the Holy Spirit does a work in us every day that bring us closer to God, reveals his purpose for us in this world, and guides us on the right path of life.
When we look at how the psalmist David describes the essence of being in God's presence, it's quite profound:
You have searched me, Lord , and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord , know it completely. You hem me in behind and before, and you lay your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain.(Psalm 139:1-6 NIV)
So let us all make a conscious effort to make God the centre of our lives, by making sure we spend time with Him day after day.