Christians must find a balance between outflow and intake. If we are to have an intake of spiritual growth activities, we must create an outflow of things that take up space in our lives but do not help us move forward in grace.
For example, spend less time with news. Many Christians get caught up in the endless, 24/7 news cycle, especially in election seasons. Much of the news is designed to draw people in, create anger, and create dependency so people are continually checking back to see what, if anything, they have missed. If a Christian is already stressed out or apathetic about their faith, being bombarded with a message that intends to anger or create hopelessness will not help them grow in Christ-likeness.
Similar to this is to spend less time with social media. Social media has a purpose when it connects us to our social circles, but it can quickly be abused and can become a time sink. Sadly, many Christians use such services to seek validation in terms of how many "likes" or "retweets" they receive on their postings. Time saved from lessening one's interaction with social media can be used to positively move forward in action.
A final outflow to create in your life is to spend less time with "vampire" activities and people. A "vampire" activity or person is anything or anyone in your life that creates a negative or useless energy. What hobbies or activities are you involved in that take up a lot of time and add no value to your life? Which people do you spend time with that constantly complain and bring you down, rather than build you up? Christians cannot be expected to have no hobbies or involvement in activities, but such involvement should at least bring a positive mindset as a result of their involvement.
Next, after creating an outflow of activities, Christians should replace those activities through an intake of positive, faith-building activities.
Christians should spend more time with their Bibles. This almost goes without saying, and with the availability of Bibles today, including apps and web availability, no Christian has an excuse not to have access to a Bible.
Spend more time reading your Bible. You should have a daily habit of interacting with the Bible in some way. You do not have to read for hours, but what can you do to read something? Never feel like even a small bit read is not enough. Bible reading is cumulative, and a little a day over a long time goes a long way. As the old saying goes, "Take up and read."
In connection with this, spend more time meditating on the word, seeking application. We are not seeking information from the Bible; we are seeking transformation. Transformation occurs when we let the word of God penetrate our hearts in meditation, showing us the application of his word. It is then up to us to apply it.
Thus, spend more time being a doer of the word (and not a hearer only). Jesus clearly teaches us that to hear God's word, and do nothing about it, is to be foolish (Matthew 7:24-27). James agrees with this when he writes that we should doers of the word, and not hearers only (James 1:22-25). Bible reading, combined with meditation on our reading, will lead us to action. Let us act in accordance with what we know.
As individual believers, spending more time in Bible reading and prayer should be our top goal. But these activities will lead us to desire greater interaction with other believers.
Therefore, let us spend more time praying for other believers (Ephesians 1:15-23 and 3:14-21). This is different than praying for ourselves. We ought to be regularly thinking about others and praying for their spiritual growth. Such prayer will help us stay connected with one another.
As we pray for other believers, we will be encouraged to spend more time with other believers. This is fellowship. Together, we can encourage one another to be faithful, to grow in Christ, and to become stronger disciples.
Finally, we can spend more time with other believers, serving others. The natural growth of a follower of Jesus is outward. As we read and meditate on the Bible, pray for other believers, and spend time together in fellowship, we will realize that our faith is pushing us to go to others. Whether in evangelism or service, we will reach out to bring the good news to others.
Christians who follow these steps will grow in grace. They will create more time for godly activities, and by doing those activities, they will grow in grace and godliness, joining together in fellowship, as knowledge is gained and shared, transformation is experienced, prayer is offered, and service is given.