There are three universal spiritual catalysts that seem to keep our hearts ready and willing to make spiritual progress. They are not radical or crazy, just solid principles that will help you make progress. I urge you to take responsibility to do these because they will help you grow.
1. Attend church every week. When we get together with other believers to celebrate what God is doing, there is something about it that helps you stay connected to Christ. Schedule going to church every week on your calendar. That way you won’t be tempted to fill in the time with something else.This time of worship and fellowship is critical to our spiritual growth.
2. Participate in a group. I love my small group because they challenge me and hold me accountable. We usually eat together, study together, and pray together. You need to participate in a group to experience true Christian fellowship. A wise man once said “Everyone needs to sit at a table where nobody is impressed with you.” This way, you can be real, they can be real, and it works toward glorifying God through fellowship.
3. Serve others. The third catalyst is serving others. One time, while serving at a local homeless shelter, God taught me a profound lesson on serving. After leading a worship service and feeding many people, we would clean the facility. One time I was asked to clean the men’s bathroom and it smelled really bad. I think the fan was broken that night. While I was scrubbing the toilet and gagging I started to wonder why I was doing this job and immediately God nudged my heart and said “Because you came to serve and that’s exactly what you need to do to.” It was a humbling moment and I never complained about cleaning the toilets after that. When we serve others, it reminds us that we are not the center of the universe. And when we serve others, we are serving Jesus.
“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me” Matthew 25:40.
Believers serve an amazing, incredible, awesome, glorious heavenly father who loves us so much that he sacrificed his son, Jesus Christ, for our sins. For that reason, we need to take responsibility for our faith and putting these three spiritual catalysts into play in your life is a great place to start.