Wednesday, January 30, 2019

How I Grow Spiritually

For me and Linda, this is what we were taught our spiritual life should look like. This is how we believe we develop spiritually.

We take time, daily, to meet alone with God.

We have been part of a small group every year of our married life, and even before we were married. We meet weekly with our small group to discuss the Bible, share, and pray together.

We never miss gathering in the large group on Sunday mornings. We were taught Hebrews 10:25, and had this modeled for us by other Jesus-followers:

This is not the time to pull away 
and neglect meeting together, 
as some have formed the habit of doing, 
because we need each other! 
In fact, 
we should come together even more frequently, 
eager to encourage and urge each other onward 
as we anticipate that day dawning.
(Passion translation)

Then, we do these three things again, over and over  and over, now closing in on fifty years!

It is from these three ongoing spiritual practices that we gain discernment. We have been taught that, without these ways of connecting with God and his people, we will be spiritually clueless.

Out of the God-and-community connection, we are led to go into our culture, in obedience, as salt and light. This causes us to feel that our "doing" is relevant and powerful, because it emerges out of our "being."