The values of our culture affect us. They shape us. They slyly dictate how we think, act, and feel. And how we follow Jesus. (Or how we don’t follow Jesus, for that matter.) The cultural tide is exceedingly difficult to swim against. Almost instinctively, we feel we must have the nice house for our busy family, the nice car to get us to our rewarding job, and the nice neighborhood amenities to make all of life more livable. For followers of Jesus it’s a challenge to engage in worship of Him that goes beyond a weekend church service and invades the space and time of the rest of our "real lives."
Most of us make time for God when we feel we have time, doing our best to fit Him in between the paths from house to car, car to work, work to car, and car to house. The problem is that God owns all of life, and worshiping God means we must revolve around Him, rather than the other way around. God shouldn’t be confined to a compartment in our schedules. Jesus doesn’t abide in His assigned time slot; we abide in Him. (Adapted from Leader’s Guide to Abide, by Jared Wilson.)
“Ours is an undisciplined age. The old disciplines are breaking down….Above all, the discipline of divine grace is derided as legalism or is entirely unknown to a generation that is largely illiterate in the Scriptures. We need the rugged strength of Christian character that can come only from discipline” (V. Raymond Edman as quoted in Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life, Whitney, 15).