Habits

Recieving Communion #2As I taught a group of young people, I spoke of the need to develop the habit of attending church. One young lady asked, “But aren’t habits bad?”

I had never thought of it that way, but it seems that we usually associate the word “habit” with things that we shouldn’t do: smoking, overeating, being lazy, procrastinating, cursing, etc. I assured the group that some habits are beneficial, such as: flossing, exercising, eating fruits and vegetables, getting plenty of sleep and so on.

So then, a habit can be a good thing. Some people fall into some bad habits because they fail to cultivate any good ones.

The early Christians had some good habits. Acts 2:42 says, “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.”

One of the best habits we can develop is to participate in worship on Sunday. The habit of “the breaking of bread”—Luke’s term for the Lord’s Supper—can help to keep us on the straight and narrow way.

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