The implications for this observation are numerous, but I’ll mention just one. You and I need
the practices and habits of the weekly church gathering—the church “liturgy.” It’s not enough just to podcast the sermon or read good books, for we are more than thinking creatures. We are desiring creatures, and our desires are formed by practices and rituals that often have a deeper effect than we realize. Simply the act of being present itself on a Sunday morning (when we could be doing otherwise) reminds our heart of what is most significant. To hear God calling us to worship him, to strain our (often sleepy) voices in adoration, to do the hard work of listening to the Bible, to humble ourselves in confession and eat and drink what Christ offers to us—these each are tools in the hands of the Holy Spirit by which he teaches our heart to love rightly. Often they feel ordinary (even boring) at the time, but when done rightly, their repetition, and their being done together in community, act like a river in our hearts, forming over time a deep canyon of Christian maturity.