Practice. Habits. Lifestyle.

Inspiration MinistriesBy Inspiration Ministries2 Minutes

Looking back later in life, Jascha Heifetz had difficulty pinpointing the secret of his success. When asked to describe how he had become one of the world’s greatest violinists, he responded simply, “Born in Russia, first lessons at three, debut in Russia at seven, debut in America in 1917.”

But those who knew him often pointed to Heifetz’ hard work. He once explained, “If I don’t practice one day, I know it. Two days, the critics know it; three days, the public knows it.”

Heifetz recognized that natural abilities aren’t enough: They need to be nurtured and developed. Through experience, he knew how quickly, through neglect and overconfidence, he could lose the skills he had gained.

Countless musicians know the importance of dedicated practice, and how quickly gains can be lost. In fact, as skills improve, so does the importance of practice. These principles also apply to athletes, writers, and other disciplines. They also apply to Believers.

The Bible reminds us that practice is critical for our Christian lives. Ezra became a great man of God in part because he was disciplined. He studied God’s law and practiced it.

In a similar way, in his instructions to young Timothy, Paul emphasized this point: “Work hard so you can present yourself to God and receive his approval. Be a good worker, one who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly explains the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15 NLT).

How easily we can take the things of God for granted, forgetting His Word and following the ways of the world. How subtly we can be tempted to develop bad habits.

Today, remember the importance of developing a God-centered lifestyle. Don’t neglect to read the Bible and pray. Seek to be led by the Spirit and regularly fellowship with other Believers.