How does one feed the spirit and nourish the soul in a consumerist society that is increasingly materialistic and secular? In a culture that is non-conducive for spiritual growth, it’s not always easy to keep ourselves spiritually healthy. However, we should never stop praying and thanking God in all circumstances (1 Thessalonians 5:17-18). Here are 10 ways to enrich your spiritual life:
- Identify and appreciate your blessings
The chaos of modern life makes you oblivious to the good things that flow into your life. It’s time you invite blessings into your life and develop a blessing mindset.
Learn to find the good amid the chaos and something to be thankful for amid the stress and demands of daily life. It’s time to appreciate your good health, your food, the great hours of sleep you had, your job, your family and friends’ support… the list goes one. That way, you cultivate an attitude of gratefulness
2. Pray with Scripture
One of the best forms of prayer is to pray with Scripture. Even Jesus prayed with Scripture. From His youth, it was His custom to go to the synagogue in Nazareth on the Sabbath where he would unroll a scroll and read Scripture (Luke 4:16-17).
If Jesus prayed with Scripture, so should we. We are all encouraged to read Scripture so we could learn the surpassing knowledge of Jesus Christ. Spend time in prayer with Scripture so that a dialogue takes place between God and us.
3. Become a blessing to others
Ask God to make you a blessing to others. Scripture also makes it clear God blesses us not so we can live with greed but so we can bless others (Proverbs 11:25, 2 Corinthians 9:6-8).
How can you be a blessing to others? By volunteering in your community, donating to charity, giving food and shelter to the poor, speaking kind words, sharing your faith with others, and the list goes on.
Consider yourself blessed to be a blessing to others. You will always have an opportunity to bless someone today.
4. Strive for excellence
The grace of God inspires us to work harder in loving and serving God and others. Scripture acknowledges the excellence of God (Psalm 150:2). So if the God we serve is an excellent God, He who gives us only His very best, who are we to withhold our very best from Him?
He bestows on us the skills and resources we need to carry out our tasks; if we fail to utilize these gifts to work on our full potential, we shortchange God. So, decide today to become the best you can be at whatever you do and commit your work to God.
5. Share your prayer life with others
Why pray with others when you can pray alone? Prayer is a powerful way to connect with both God and others, and the joys and benefits of prayer are not limited to our personal prayer lives. God encourages us to pray with company, not just to ask them to pray for us.
Imagine your joys and blessings being multiplied by God when you join with your family, friends, co-workers, etc., to join hearts and make collective requests to God. Share your faith but also share your prayer life.
6. Fast regularly
Fasting is one of the four spiritual tools in Scripture, the other three being prayer, meditation, and Bible study. To fast is to go completely without food and water for some time. Why fast when you could just pray?
Prayer with fasting has been a long-established regimen of people in Scripture, most particularly Jesus who fasted forty days and forty nights in the wilderness. Scripture exhorts us to fast so we could draw ourselves closer to God and avoid becoming spiritually stagnant. Fasting also tests our faith and help us develop self-control.
7. Surrender your worries to God
Stress and tension are not healthy. That’s why God wants you to turn over your worries, troubles, and burdens to Him (Psalm 55:22, Matthew 11:28-30). You need to cry out to God to show your dependence on Him.
By surrendering to God, you admit that His ways are higher than yours and that He is ultimately in control of everything, including your worries and dreams. When you surrender to God, you let go of whatever holds you back from God’s best for your life and from wanting His ways first.
8. Serve in your community
Our Christian faith comes with a sense of responsibility to the people in our community, regardless of whether or not they belong to our church. After all, we are called to be our brother’s (or sister’s) keeper (Genesis 4:9) not just to our siblings but also to those who are in need, people who need our help in the community.
Throughout Scripture, God encourages us to take care of our brethren while following His Word (Matthew 25:31-46, Luke 10:25-37).Look for ways to serve in your community today by doing tasks that promise no reward, such as joining clean-up drives, donating blood, and tutoring children in depressed areas.
9. Help others grow in the faith
Have you decided to become a blessing to others and pray with company? If so, raise your spiritual commitment to the next level by sharing your faith with the people God has placed in your life.
Demonstrate to others what a Christian truly look like. Tell people you are this way not because you are a nice person but because of what Jesus Christ has done for you on the cross. So, if you happen to know anyone who wants to know Christ, find time to meet them for Bible study (Acts 8:26-40), invite them to church, provide them with literature, etc.
10. Seek solitude
Sometimes, to grow spiritually, we need to spend some time away from the crowd and the noise and bustle of life to indulge in serious prayer and meditation. Indeed, Jesus Himself would often slip away to the wilderness and pray, so why can’t we too?
Bill Gaultiere of the Soul Shepherding website says, “Solitude and silence is an opportunity to focus on your Intimacy with Jesus, to unhook from your daily responsibilities and the people you interact with, in order to attend to the Lord alone.” The idea of seeking God in solitude is to be alone with Him, to pray, to meditate on His Word, and to simply enjoy His presence. We seek God in solitude and silence to hear God speak, as well as gain true spiritual rest and refreshment.