When he [Barnabas] arrived and saw this evidence of God’s blessing, he was filled with joy, and he encouraged the believers to stay true to the Lord.
Acts 11:23, NLT*
Many Jews and devout converts to Judaism followed Paul and Barnabas, and the two men urged them to continue to rely on the grace of God.
Acts 13:43, NLT*
Both of these encouragements are to ongoing, persistent behavioural patterns. How do we stay true to the Lord and continue to rely on His grace?
- prayer and praying Scripture
- practicing His presence
- reading – and thinking about – Scripture
- talking, praying, studying with other believers
- serving where He leads
- relying on His strength in service and in all areas of our daily lives
- getting to know His character through life and His Word
- noticing and keeping a record of where we see God at work in our lives
- telling our stories of faith, and listening to others
Feel free to add other points in the comments. I think what it comes down to is that we need to let God more into our lives.
God our Sustainer and our Source of life and hope, we echo John the Baptist’s awareness of the need to decrease so that You can increase. Thank You for giving us the Holy Spirit to indwell us. Please help us to give Him full access to our hearts, so that You can grow us in our faith. Help us stay true to You and rely on Your grace every day.
*New Living Translation (NLT) Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.