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Being Intentional with God
As we go back to basics, we go back to the core of what or who is important.God.
How can you be intentional with God while working from home during this period?
Be intentional by setting aside time for God in your stay home/work from home routine.
Cultivate spiritual disciplines during this time.
But what are spiritual disciplines and why should we engage in them?
God calls every Christian to “pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance, and gentleness.” (1 Timothy 6:11)
We are called to follow Christ.
While it’s entirely possible for you and me to initiate this process of “replacing old, destructive habits with new, life-giving ones,” pursuing them on our own will only affect short-term change.
To have lasting inner transformation, we must engage in spiritual disciplines - activities that help to make our heart, mind, and spirit receptive to what God wants to do in and through our lives.
These are activities that help to make our heart, mind, and spirit receptive to what God wants to do in and through our lives.
Paul’s analogy of sowing and reaping in Galatians 6:8 reminds us that Christ-likeness and spiritual growth requires us to do our part be engaging with them on a regular basis.
How many spiritual disciplines are there?
In the Celebration of Discipline, Richard Foster expands on 12 spiritual disciplines that are classified into three categories:
1. Inward Disciplines (meditation, prayer, fasting, study)
2. Outward Disciplines (simplicity, solitude, submission, service)
3. Corporate Disciplines (confession, worship, guidance, celebration)
This list is not exhaustive.
Regular practice of these spiritual disciplines will help us grow and strengthen our word life, prayer life, and spirit life, which in turn, bring us closer to God.
God’s intent for spiritual disciplines is to facilitate lasting inner transformation.
As we engage in various spiritual disciplines, we demonstrate a desire to make God our number one priority in life – to surrender our will for His will and our plans for His plans.
Just like many sports and activities, as we turn spiritual disciplines into a lifestyle, we consistently practice, refine and adapt so that these spiritual disciplines become part of our lives, a habit, a routine, and a lifestyle. This perseverance leads to great breakthroughs.
Commit to strengthening the foundations of our Word life, prayer life, and spirit life, so that we are ready for whatever expansion God has in store for us.
^ Celebration of Discipline, Richard Foster
This article was adapted from Intentional Engagement with God, Issue 02/2018, Trinitarian Magazine
Reflect & Respond
How has your relationship with God grown this year and through the years?
What is one thing that you can do this week to be closer to God?
In your WFH routine, how can you intentionally schedule in time with God?
This article is part of our R.E.S.E.T. Toolkit Refresh. Encourage. Strengthen. Empower. Thrive.