By: Grace McReady
Satan knows exactly how to kick you while you’re down about skipping another quiet time. I’ve skipped countless quiet times over the years, and I know how you feel. I know how uncomfortable the guilt is. I’m sure that Satan’s mental beatings are wearisome.
Wow. How could you skip your quiet time again? That’s the third time this week. Why can’t you just sit down and do it? What’s wrong with you? Are you actually a Christian or not?
A friend told me something insightful about the way Christians often view their quiet times. Essentially, she said that having a quiet time has become the protestant version of earning our salvation. While some religions encourage people to earn their way to heaven by doing good works, Christianity doesn’t because Jesus paid for our salvation on the cross. Unfortunately, many believers who trust in Jesus through faith somehow conclude that they have to maintain a regular quiet time in order to maintain their salvation. But God doesn’t require that for you to be saved.
Instead of beating yourself up (or letting Satan beat you up) when you skip a quiet time, set your mind on these truths from Scripture:
- “But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it— the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction: for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God’s righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins. It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the Justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.” (Romans 3:21-26, ESV, emphasis mine)
- “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. I do not nullify the grace of God, for if righteousness were through the law, then Christ died for no purpose.” (Galatians 3:20-21, emphasis mine)
- “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9, emphasis mine)
You don’t become God’s child by doing anything (including a quiet time) before, during, or after your salvation. This means you aren’t a failure if you only get halfway through a book of the Bible or if you stop using your Quiet Time Companion. Not setting aside time to pray last week or not making time for gratitude this morning isn’t the end of the world. The ability to read consistently through Deuteronomy or finish the latest devotional doesn’t make you a good Christian.
Jesus makes you a good Christian. And He covered you in His righteousness before you even knew what it meant to have a quiet time. His grace didn’t run out once you asked Him for the gift of salvation. His supply of grace is endless.
That entire paragraph is the reason you should have a regular quiet time with the Lord. Growing in the Word and in prayer can help you embrace His grace, not earn it. Satan wants to keep you far from that grace—not only by demanding that you do a quiet time to earn it but also by acting like a quiet time doesn’t matter for your growth in that grace.
Friends, it’s okay to wrestle with these truths above. It’s okay to feel unsure about what a grace-filled quiet time looks like. Just don’t let Satan keep you from knowing the grace of God—the grace that covers your failings pre- and post-salvation and the grace that fuels you to grow in Him.
Grace McCready is a senior in college who is studying business administration and communications. She enjoys writing, spending time with her family, and hanging out with friends. Her passion is for young women to live transparently and thrive during their single years. She blogs about the Christian life at Tizzie’s Tidbits of Truth.