Only advocating for a “Quiet Time” limits our understanding of how God wants to form and shape us towards Christ-likeness.
Many of us know that having some sort of consistent devotional life is vital to experiencing Jesus promise of abundant life. But outside of generic exhortations to read/study the Bible and to pray, we don’t have a lot of information to go on about how to actually do it.
There’s no way around it. If you want to observe a Sabbath and reap all its associated benefits, you’re going to have to plan for it.
Do we realize that our manner of life as Christians has implied that only about 3.5 hours (1 hour for worship services, 1 hour for small groups, about an hour and a half for personal spiritual disciplines) of our 168 hours in a week really matter towards our pursuit of Christ?
An honest appraisal of our setting is necessary for us to move to Thanksgiving. Biblically speaking, this is called lament.
Outside of regular Bible reading/study and prayer, observing a Sabbath is the most transformational discipline you can undertake. But our associations of a Sabbath are mostly negative.
Corporate worship is good, but if your theology limits the use of musical worship to corporate gatherings then, like mine was, your theology of worship is limited.
Our (white people’s) willingness to engage in conversations about police brutality, systemic racism, and white supremacy now has many of even the most optimistic of our black friends wondering, “Why now?” For us, the last month has represented a watershed moment. For them, it’s another horrible reminder of the day-to-day realities of systemic racism.
I’m two weeks in to my life-rule experiment. Time for a check-in.
Recently, I’ve started to think of my discipleship in terms of two catch-all categories: formation and resistance.