Psalm 1:1-6 (NIV)

1 Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. 2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. 3 He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers. 4 Not so the wicked! They are like chaff that the wind blows away. 5 Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous. 6 For the LORD watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.

Acts 2:42 (NIV)

42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.

DEVOTION – Beverly Varnado (Georgia)

As my husband, Jerry, and I headed out on an early-morning bike ride, I noticed a broken spoke in my front wheel.  I stopped and snapped it off the rim.

“Don’t you think we should get it fixed?”  Jerry asked.

“One missing spoke won’t make a difference,”  I declared.

At first , it didn’t .  For some time, the barely-noticeable wobble in the wheel had no effect on how the bicycle performed.  After a few days, though, the wobble grew much worse.  My husband was right in his concern; eventually I had to stop riding the bike because doing so posed a risk to my safety.

So it is with our spiritual life.  At first, neglecting one of the spokes of spiritual discipline in our lives – Bible study or prayer  or worship or fellowship with other Christians – seems hardly to affect us.   But over time, our lives may develop a decided wobble.  And if we continue the neglect, our neglect, our failure to pursue the things of God will have a profound impact on our relationship with God and others.  The early church knew the value of spiritual disciplines.  Scripture tells us they “devoted themselves” to the pursuit of holy living.  May we attend to the spokes in our  spiritual lives and commit ourselves to keeping each of them strong.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: How will I pursue holy living today?

LINK2LIFE: To see photo of Beverly on her bicycle, go to devotional.upperroom.org/blog.

PRAYER: O Lord, help us to be faithful in our daily walk with you.  Amen

PRAYER FOCUS: CYCLISTS

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