Those of us who have been raised in the church, or who’ve been in the church for a while have created Christian habits. My point is not to encourage you to stop doing the things listed below but, rather, to evaluate why you do them. A habit is something done unconsciously. There are three things that we Christians have turned into habits that should not be.
This is a common one, and it’s an excellent habit to have, but is it done with the right heart? The Bible talks about receiving food with thanksgiving, but, sadly, the habit we have created tends to lack that very ingredient. We all have our “food prayer” memorized, in fact, mine is “Thank you Jesus for this food, bless it to our bodies in Jesus name amen!” and I can’t tell you how many times I’ve said this without even comprehending the words I’ve prayed. How many times has someone joined the dinner table and asked “anyone pray yet?”; and once hearing that someone has, they eat without giving their own thanks? We are at times so focused on eating or finishing the conversation with the people we are fellowshipping with that we rush through our prayer without acknowledging who it is we are praying to. We lack thanksgiving.
Being the Christian friend in your workplace or school means you are typically the first person people call, text or come to when a crisis occurs. I know this has happened countless times for me and I have to be honest here, sometimes I’ll give the “Oh my word, well I’ll be praying!” statement, and not follow through. I’ll probably say a quick prayer right there but it doesn’t cross my mind later and so that quick prayer is all the attention I give to that need. I’m not saying every Christian does this on a regular basis, but I believe we have all been guilty of it from time to time. We must remember that when people come to us it’s because there’s something in us that they trust, and that something is the light of God living within us. It is humbling that God would shine through us and use us to reach people that are hurting. Never take that for granted! If this is something you struggle with, I suggest making notes of these prayers in your phone and set aside time at the end of your day to continuously pray for these needs that you have been entrusted with.
Attending All Events
As a pastor’s daughter, I go to EVERYTHING! It’s just how it is and always will be. I don’t believe that it’s a bad thing at all. I believe in giving 100%, which means being there every chance I can. With that being said, I do know that there have been plenty of times where I was there without being present. I think this is something we’ve all experienced at one point or another. Whether it’s attending a service, Bible study, church activity or a simple meeting, the fact is sometimes we lose sight of why we are there. During a youth leadership meeting, I’ll catch myself focusing on strategizing instead of focusing on why I’m trying to strategize. Don’t forget, we are strategizing to develop ways to reach a generation that is hurt, lost, and in need of a Savior that only I can introduce them to! Or on Sunday service I’ll catch myself on autopilot after the 22nd, “Praise the Lord Sister and Brother!” or I catch myself not even thinking of the One I’m singing about during service.
“… for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7
Others can see your actions… but God, on the other hand, can see the heart behind your actions. My hope is that, through this article, you’ll examine the heart that drives your habits.
About the Author:
Raina is a 23 year old pastor’s daughter who was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona. She is very involved in her home church where she is a Youth Music Leader, Praise and Worship pianist and a willing helper in many other ministries. She has a very strong passion for reaching today’s generation with God’s uncompromised Word.
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