Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 325 T h e r e ’ s a f ly i n m y t e a ! I have developed a new habit of spending that time with the Lord each day. The challenge now is the quality of that time I spend with the Lord. Do I read the Bible just to check it off my “to do” list? Do I really think about what I am praying or ramble on out of a sense of duty? Those are questions I continually ask myself in order to try to maintain a right relationship with the Lord. Many times the answers are not what they should be, and God will convict me to get my heart right with Him. To have a personal relationship with the Lord is an ongoing process. It never ends. It takes work on our part (unlike salvation). God is always waiting for us to take part in the relationship. He never removes the access that we received through Jesus Christ when we got saved. We allow things to disrupt our fellowship with the Lord and destroy that relationship. Praise the Lord, we can also humbly come before the Lord and seek to restore that relationship. Becoming a Disciple of Christ This process of developing a personal relationship with the Lord could also be described as becoming a disciple of Christ. A disciple is a learner, a follower. To be a disciple of Christ is to be a learner of Him or a follower of Him. Our goal in being Christ’s disciple should be to become more like Christ (Luke 6:40). In Matthew 4:18-20, we get our first glimpse of Peter when Jesus calls him and his brother Andrew from their fishing careers. It tells us “. . . they straightway left their nets, and followed him.” There was no hesitation. They left their nets and immediately followed Jesus. Did Peter know what he was getting himself into? Sometimes I wonder.