Habits Are Driven by Desire
Finally, this is what makes the science of habit such an asset to Christian perseverance: desire and reward drive our habits. We shouldn’t be surprised that God designed the universe this way. Habits are an earthly gift to open our mouths for tastes of heaven.
Helpful spiritual habits, and true Christian perseverance, are not driven by mere duty, but by joy. Hebrews 10:35 mentions “a great reward” that is coming to those who persevere. What is this reward? Verse 34 is the key: “you joyfully accepted the plundering of your property [literally, “your possessions,” plural], since you knew that you yourselves had a better possession [singular] and an abiding one.”
Those early Christians accepted the loss of their earthly possessions (plural) because they knew they had a better, and lasting, singular and heavenly possession.
The ultimate goal of cultivating holy habits is having Jesus, “possessing him” by faith, knowing and enjoying him. He is the great end of perseverance. He himself is the center and apex and essence of our great reward. What habits of grace do for our souls, and how habits of grace play an essential role in our perseverance in the faith, is turn our eyes away from the subject of our faith — ourselves and our part in persevering — to the object of our faith: Jesus.
The great reward that drives our habits is knowing him. The great end of all our habits, and all our perseverance, is a person. So, day in and day out, we say, “Let us know; let us press on to know the Lord” (Hosea 6:3).
Rachel’s Thoughts: We have been discussing healthy habits for weeks during our FAITH5 meetings. We do not take the time to discuss how important it is to add “Time with Jesus” into our daily routines. I hope you do though. Add a block of time to each day to get to know him better and make it a habit…. No better way to “know” him than to study his life, his habits and allow him to whisper into your heart the habits he wants you to work on that may help you fulfill your purpose in this world.
Please feel free to join us each week as we gather together for support and encouragement and some very interesting as well as fun conversation! Tuesdays at 3:00 pm and 5:30 pm at United Methodist Church 1515 Ave B Cozad or Thursdays at 10 am or 5:30 pm at LexChristian Church 1206 N Erie in Lexington. We’ll save a chair for you!