A routine is something done on a regular basis. Spiritual is something done in relation to God hopefully. One is not the other, though one can be a result of the other. For me, I have routines that don’t always yield a substantive spiritual punch. And there are times when I have spiritual moments that come outside of the routine.
Kandy and I were talking last night. And we both concurred that people know they should do basic routines like pray and read their Bible and attend church and commit to small groups. Routines. But they want the spiritual experience. It’s like being hungry but not bothering to eat. Not all meals are outstanding. But all meals, even routine ones, give the body energy.
There are times when I do my regular morning Bible study that the heaven’s don’t open up and angels start singing. But I read on anyway. There are times when I pray that I don’t sense the full measure of God’s presence. But I pray on anyway. Why? Because the routine can clear the way for the spiritual. And the spiritual can clear the way for the routine. I believe discipleship is just another word for discipline. Daily. Routine.
One last thought. Have you ever heard someone say they needed to be home at such and so time because their favorite show was on? Have you ever heard someone say they needed to be home at such and so time because it was their prayer time or their Bible reading time? It begs the question. Isn’t God really worth having a spiritual routine?