Back to God

by APC on August 19, 2015

It’s that time of year again when class bells can be heard ringing in the distance, yellow school buses don the city streets, and every store across America desperately tries to keep school supplies on their shelves. While children sit at hard, steel desks in stuffy classrooms and wonder where their summer went, parents rejoice in the small victory that they’ve survived one more summer. We all know this time of year all too well—it’s back to school!

We preface the return to the school year with “back to” because we also return to the onslaught of schedules and routines typically abandoned over the summer months: setting alarm clocks, carpooling, extracurricular activities, and the like. Even with a few months off, we haven’t forgotten the rhythm of the day-to-day. We don’t forget our activities/routines because they’re habits we’ve formed from repetition over the months and years.

Now, when we get “back to” our daily life routines, we may not be thinking about our spiritual routines. We all have a spiritual routine we’ve made into a habit. If we maintain a routine of prayer, fasting, and reading the Word, that’s our spiritual habit. If we don’t maintain a routine of the aforementioned items, that’s a habit too—and we need to break it. We want to get “back to” good spiritual routines. If we don’t have one, we need to develop one!

Scripture instructs us to develop new habits/routines in life: “…be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind…” (Romans 12:2, KJV). To develop new habits, we might have to break old ones. Our Creator knew we were prone to error and developing bad habits, so He also created us with the ability to break bad habits (Jeremiah 13:23). Finding a habit to develop or model after is easy—just imitate Christ (Ephesians 5:1)!

Now that it’s back to school, it’s the perfect time to get “back to” or introduce new spiritual habits. King David desired to have a good spiritual routine, and determined “…in his law doth he meditate day and night” (Psalms 1:2, KJV).

King David provided a good example of how to form a habit—completing it several times a day (morning and night) as well as several days in a row. Research show that habits take anywhere from 21–66 days to develop. Our new habit must become routine and ingrained in our minds through repetition—constantly going “back to” something so it eventually sticks!

Like most of us, starting a new habit is very daunting. If we’ve looked at our life and realized we need to get “back to” something new, we can start with something small and then add to it. For example, we can set aside 5 minutes a day to pray and 5 minutes to read the Word of God every day. Once we’re able to do this faithfully—and is our new habit—we can add more time (10 minutes in prayer and 10 minutes in the Word).

Once we introduce a new spiritual habit, and stay faithful to completing it day-after-day, month-after-month, it will become a routine we won’t break. We won’t ever need to get “back to” it. Our prayer, fasting, and Word-reading will be ever-present in our life. We’ll see the benefits of a close relationship with God and won’t be able to imagine a daily routine without it! This season, what are you getting back to?