I have started many a plan for maintaining spiritual life. They all sounded good, but more often than not they petered out. I used to blame myself for their decline, but it may be the case that it was Christ who brought some of them to an end. Why would he do so?
The danger I often faced was turning the Christian life into a routine rather than a relationship. Of course, if the routine helps the relationship, then it is fine. But if it replaces the relationship, the routine is a barrier to walking in Christ. Walking in Christ means speaking to Christ, sharing with Christ, and serving Christ.
How can we know that we are walking with Jesus? No doubt several answers could be given to this question. I would suggest that Paul gives an important evidence when he says that those who walk in Christ will abound in thanksgiving.
Paul wrote elsewhere, ‘Thanks be to God for his inexpressible gift’ (2 Cor. 9:15). He reminded the Thessalonians, ‘Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you’ (1 Thess. 5:18). There are many other such references. Walking with Christ is a happy life. Gratitude is the ongoing consequence of the grace that is received along this road.