Habits are those things we do every day in our lives without thinking about them.
We’ve trained ourselves to perform certain tasks without conscious thought. We tie our shoes, brush our teeth, and even drive to work without really thinking about it.
Sometimes, our habits can be harmful.
Some of us have a habit of snacking without thinking about it. Over the course of the day, we consume a couple of hundred calories and are totally unaware of it.
It’s true—to become better people, we have to become aware of our bad habits and stop doing them.
On the other hand, we have to replace our bad habits with good ones. That’s the purpose of “discipline” in discipleship—to establish holy habits that support and deepen our transformation into the likeness of Christ.
Jesus had the habit of prayer. As His followers, we want to develop this habit as well. We want to develop habits of Bible study, worship, service, and love—not that we do them without thought—but that we've trained our lives to naturally move in these ways.
The idea is to create holy habits that lead to holy lives. We train our minds, bodies, and hearts to the things of Christ—the way athletes train their bodies.
It takes a little work, but it can be done. Self-destructive habits can be negated and replaced by holy ones—daily steps we've ingrained into our lives that take us even closer to Christ.
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