Other Spiritual Disciplines

Howdy everyone!

On Sunday we looked at the 3 S’s that Jesus taught and modeled for us. They are:

Simplicity

Solitude

Silence

 

In Richard Foster’s book, “The Celebration Of Discipline,” he gives practical examples for how to step into simplicity. Remember, the thing we most need to do before we start looking at behaviors is to wrestle with how we view the Kingdom of God and its importance in our lives. Do I really want The Kingdom? This is crucial to us before we can begin to make changes in our outer lives. Below is a list of things we can do to step into simplicity:

 

  • Buy things for their usefulness rather than their status
  • Reject anything that is producing an addiction in you
  • Develop the habit of giving things away
  • Refuse to be propagandized by the custodians of modern gadgetry
  • Learn to enjoy things without owning them
  • Develop a deeper appreciation for the creation
  • Look with a healthy skepticism at all “by now, pay later” schemes
  • Obey Jesus’ instructions about plain honest speech
  • Reject anything that breeds the oppression of others

10) Shun anything that distracts you from seeking first the Kingdom of God

 

Any one of these things can help you step more fully into Simplicity. But the heart behind this must be that you choose this because you want The Kingdom above all other things. If we see this as a bunch of rules we need to follow we run the risk of legalism, but if we see these things as possible changes we can make to help us live more fully in the kingdom this can be more about passion than about following rules. And with God it’s meant to be more about passion than about fear.

 

Give one of the above a try, see how it goes!

May God bless you this week!

 

Pastor Ryan