May 12 Make A Habit Of Having No
“For if these things are yours and abound, they make
you to be not idle nor unfruitful.” 2 Peter 1:8 （R.V.）
When we begin to form a habit we are conscious of it. There are times
when we are conscious of becoming virtuous and patient and godly, but it is only
a stage; if we stop there we shall get the strut of the spiritual prig. The
right thing to do with habits is to lose them in the life of the Lord, until
every habit is so practised that there is no conscious habit at all. Our
spiritual life continually resolves into introspection because there are some
qualities we have not added as yet. Ultimately the relationship is to be a
completely simple one.
Your god may be your little Christian habit, the habit of prayer at
stated times, or the habit of Bible reading. Watch how your Father will upset
those times if you begin to worship your habit instead of what the habit
symbolizes – I can't do that just now, I am praying; it is my hour with God.
No, it is your hour with your habit. There is a quality that is lacking in you.
Recognize the defect and then look for the opportunity of exercising yourself
along the line of the quality to be added.
Love means that there is no habit visible, you have come to the place
where the habit is lost, and by practice you do the thing unconsciously. If you
are consciously holy, there are certain things you imagine you cannot do,
certain relationships in which you are far from simple; that means there is
something to be added. The only supernatural life is the life the Lord Jesus lived,
and He was at home with God anywhere. Is there anywhere where you are not at
home with God? Let God press through in that particular circumstance until you
gain Him, and life becomes the simple life of a child.