Monday, April 23, 2018

Putting Jesus' Words into Practice Has Brought Stability to Me

Michigan spring flowers

I began this Monday by reading more of the Gospel of Matthew, then a section of Proverbs (in The Message). 

I then opened Hearing God Through the Year: A 365-Day Devotional, by Dallas Willard. God speaks to me through this book!

I am also slowly re-reading The Pastor, by Eugene Peterson.  Peterson's idea of what a pastor is guides me.  

As I slow-cook in these resources, God talks with me. I write down what I hear God saying. Almost always, this is about me, what God is telling me, how he is leading me, and correcting me.

This morning I read Matthew 7:24. Jesus says, “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock."

Hearing the words of Jesus without living them out means nothing.

Putting Jesus' words into practice is wisdom, because it brings stability. 

I am certain there is more for me here. I am also certain that I have applied much over forty-eight years of following Jesus, and that my life has been greatly grounded and stabilized as a result. 

My two books are:

I'm working on #s 3 and 4 - hopefully out in 2019:

How God Changes the Human Heart (A Phenomenology of Spiritual Transformation)

Technology and Spiritual Formation