The heart of any ministry is prayer. May we all commit ourselves to prayer as the fiber that holds us together.
One of the important insights Willard’s The Spirit of the Disciplines repeats time and again is the necessity to live the disciplines as part of our regular life. If we want Christ to transform us, if we want to live the kind of life He lived, if we want to be able to have Gospel responses to the stimuli that surround us, we need to engage in regular patterns of disciplined living.
Otherwise, the disciplines are just for show (they could be, either way, of course). Otherwise, we will not have the inner strength of character to turn the other cheek, bless and not curse, control our thoughts, resist unhealthy food/books/images/etc, not lie, and so forth.
Engaging in disciplines does not mean we are holy — but it is the only way to get there.
Apparently, my minister back in Edinburgh (I’m in Germany at present) was saying this same…
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