Guest Author

Pastor C.J. Armstrong

Associate Pastor – Bloomington Baptist Church, Bloomington, Illinois

Today’s Scripture: This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success. Joshua¬†1:8

At the last Grace Conference, we were blessed to hear a young man play a violin solo. It was quickly evident that this young man was no amateur. He was very talented and made the violin sing. It was a wonderful, special song that deeply touched those who heard it.

Later, this young man was asked how many hours he practiced in order to become so proficient with the violin. His answer was astounding: four to six hours of every day were spent honing his natural skills and talents. It was thanks to his dedicated practice that he was able to honor the Lord with his musical abilities.

Few of us would be willing to sacrifice six hours a day (or two-thousand, one-hundred and ninety hours a year) to learn the violin. But this young man did, and he had been greatly rewarded for it. Had he not been so dedicated to his craft, then he would never have mastered it. Had this young man quit after a few days, then we would never have been blessed with so great a song.

As I pondered this, I was reminded of one simple truth: the more time you put into something, the greater you will become.

The same is true in our spiritual life. The mature Christian life is the result of God working in us to change who we are and refine us into something fit for His use. But it doesn’t happen all at once. Nor is it automatic. This growth will not occur if we do not give God opportunities to work in our life and teach us the way that we are to go.

Take a moment and ask yourself, “How much effort have I been putting into my spiritual life lately?” Thirty minutes of Bible study is good, but thirty minutes of Bible study and a day spent meditating on Scripture will allow God to speak to you more often. A prayer before a meal is good, but constant prayer throughout the day will yield more spiritual growth. The time and effort we put into our spiritual life will determine the growth that we have.

Don’t settle for being an amateur violinist. Put some effort into the Christian life. Give God a greater chance to speak to you throughout the day. You’ll be amazed at the difference it’ll make in your life.