But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. (2 Peter 3:18, NKJV)
Many Christians want to grow and mature as believers. And yet, they never seem to make much progress. Growth is intentional. It is something you do purposely. Spiritual maturity is never an accident. One of the best ways to grow as a disciple is to have a regular quiet time with the Lord every day.
What is a quiet time? It is a period of time that you devote to the Lord. The great news is that there are a lot of different activities you can engage in. The main focus should be on Jesus and how we can each draw nearer to Him.
The most important thing about a quiet is to do it daily. This is critical. When you make and honor a commitment like this to the Lord, He blesses it. You are drawing near to God:
Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. (James 4:8)
When we come close to God, we get to know Him better. As you come to know Him, you will be conformed to His image:
My goal is to know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, (Philippians 3:10 HCSB)
You are putting yourself in the path of God’s blessing. You are placing yourself on the path of discipleship and maturity. So many of the so-called discipleship programs could be eliminated if we would give the Lord the first thirty minutes of each day. The real beneficiary is you, your family, and the world in which you live. You will come to know the Lord in a deeper and more meaningful way than you ever have.