Habits are so important for young Christians and the habits that you build as a teenager will shape the path and direction for the rest of your life. In this article, I’m not speaking to teens only, I want to direct it toward young people. But, I believe what I have to say can be helpful and applicable to both young and older Christians.
Why are habits, specifically, so important though? Habits are important because living as a Christian in a world where everything is always changing, we need something firm to stand on. Every Christian, in one way or another, relies on habits to keep growing.
If you don’t have intentionally formed habits, It’s not that you won’t ever grow in your walk with Christ, but your growth will be sporadic. You might see little spurts of growth here and there and you might see downfalls.
Forming good, solid, and biblical habits as a young person will help your growth tremendously. And it won’t just be sporadic or inconsistent. Rather, you’ll see steady and consistent growth toward being more like Jesus. Which, I hope is every believer’s desire.
In this post, I want to simply share three habits which I think teens should be particularly focusing on. Again, these can also be for adults who may be reading, it’s never too late to work on forming solidly based habits to help you in your walk with Christ.
#1 Daily Bible Reading
Forming a daily habit of Bible reading can be one of the hardest or easiest things for Christians to build. For some, it’s something they love and they easily form a daily habit. For others, their love for the word grows as they read, and starting out reading the word and building a habit of Bible reading can be really difficult.
I really want to emphasize this, though, because reading the Bible is vital for a Christian’s growth in their relationship with God.
Some teens don’t see the importance or struggle to prioritize Bible reading. But I want to stress the importance because without opening our hearts to let the gospel pour into our lives on a daily basis, we’re setting ourselves up for disaster every day.
In a world where things change every day and cultures can transform with the turn of a new headline, we need the absolute truth of scripture pouring into our lives. It’s key to a healthy and growing relationship with Christ.
#2 Daily Prayer
Some Christians really lack prayer in their own lives. Many Christians simply don’t understand the importance of prayer. Honestly, it can be really difficult, at least for me, to set aside time to pray. But it’s so important.
No matter how difficult it may be to begin a habit of prayer, it will never be any less necessary.
Prayer is vitally important in a relationship with God, it’s communication and communion with God. Just like any human relationship we have, communication is necessary to keep that relationship thriving, alive, and growing.
I love this quote from Charles Spurgeon,
“Prayer is not a hard requirement – it is the natural duty of a creature to its creator”
I love it because it reminds me of the simplistic yet divine duty of every believer. Often, it’s easy to make excuses for not praying. It’s easy for me to say things like, “I don’t have time” or “I don’t know how to pray.” But those excuses are just that, excuses.
Praying really isn’t difficult, and it shouldn’t be looked at as a waste of time, instead, we should view prayer as a willful and overwhelmingly joyful duty as God’s creatures.
If you haven’t made prayer a daily habit, you should. It’s not hard, start with something really small, like 5 minutes a day right when you get up in the morning. Then, work towards spending more time every day in prayer.
No matter what, though, pray every day. Make prayer the first thing you do in the morning, the top priority throughout the day, and the last thing you do before you fall asleep.
#3 Habit of Joyful and WIllful Servanthood
Servanthood is a habit often overlooked by Christians as a “Daily Devotion”, but I believe it’s almost just as important as the other two listed above.
When you read about Jesus’ life in the Bible, it’s obvious that Jesus loved serving others. He made servanthood something to enjoy and something that was his willful duty.
As Christ followers, we too should find joy in serving Christ. We should humble ourselves and seek to put others first. Especially in the little day to day things. We need to be careful not to become like the Pharisees who “Served” out of prideful motivation, but rather to seek humility in our service just as Christ did.
It should not only be done with humility, but with joy. God calls each person who follows Him to die to themselves and to joyfully and willingly serve Christ. We can do this by putting others first, by serving them rather than seeking only our own interests.
As young Christians, I think this is an especially important habit to develop that will greatly grow your faith in Christ.
These habits shouldn’t be viewed as a basis for our faith. We’re not saved by good works, but we’re saved because of the grace of Jesus Christ through faith in Him. It’s easy to fall into a ritualistic faith where we read our Bibles, say our prayers, and serve in church every Sunday and we’re good, (I’m speaking from experience).
Christians often overlook our most important need, Jesus. We’re all flawed sinners in more ways than one. And we all need Jesus just as much as the person next to us.
We’re simply striving to be more like Jesus every day. It’s a war and we must fight every battle, these habits are simply your weapons for war. Be strong, my fellow teens!
We’re simply striving to be more like Jesus every day. It’s a war and we must fight every battle, these habits are simply your weapons for war. Be strong, my fellow teens! Click To Tweet