In today's society, we spend time watching TV, watching movies, reading and replying to e-mail, going on Facebook or Twitter or MySpace, running errands, driving here or there...and, for those who attend church, we may sing in the choir, or be on the church council, or serve as an usher...
Much activity. A lot of motion. But is there spiritual progress?
Like a rocking horse, are you moving constantly, but not really making any progress, sometimes even sliding backwards? Real Christian growth is not achieved by much activity. Christian growth can be achieved when we face trials, tribulation and persecution. But spiritual growth will not happen unless we spend much time in the two basic foundations that are necessary for real Christian growth: intimate, quality time spent reading and studying God's Word; and quality time spent in sincere, heartfelt prayer to Yahweh God, through His Son, Jesus Christ. Time spent in praising God is also important, and we get our spiritual exercise by witnessing to others and telling them the good news, that they can only be saved from Hell if they surrender their lives to Jesus Christ. But the foundation is Bible reading/study and prayer.
Don't be like a rocking horse, with much activity but no real progress.
Spend time in God's Word and in prayer today.
I drew the rocking horse above in Adobe Illustrator.
(The basic idea for this article was inspired by Rocking Horse Christians)