I am your servant; give me discernment that I may understand your statutes. (Ps. 119:125)
One of my least favorite things in life is to lose something—especially when it’s an item I know I just had or when I feel like I have a vague idea of where it was. I’ll frantically walk around my house muttering, “I know it’s here somewhere.” The thought that keeps me searching is, All I have to do is dig a little deeper. I’ll find what I lost in the next place I look.
We should have this type of resolve in our discipleship journey, especially when it comes to knowing Christ and growing into who we were created to be. It is far too easy to slip into a routine of church attendance as the primary source of spiritual nourishment. While worship and teaching in community are critical aspects of growing in our faith, church attendance is meant to work in conjunction with personal study and prayer.
It may seem intimidating, but as much as God speaks to you through great preaching, gifted authors or podcasters, and anointed musicians, he also wants to speak directly to you. The best way to create those opportunities is to spend time with just him, engaging in his Word and in conversation with him. The Father wants nothing more than to give you deeper understanding and greater wisdom, as you engage with him on a deeper level.
Make the time to dig a little deeper with the Father.
Matt Rhodes is co-lead pastor of Parkside Church in Greenville, South Carolina. He is passionate about seeing people discover and live out the unique call that God has placed on their life.
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