Saturday 6 March
Desire, discipline, delight
Three key stages in our relationship with God:
Desire: A thirst for God, often after we first become a Christian. But desire is not enough – we need to embrace…
Discipline: This includes thanksgiving, slowing down, being present, celebrating Sabbath, praying, reading the Bible, solitude and silence. Jesus is our supreme example: Often he withdrew to lonely places to be with his Father. Focus on finding the time, the place, the way. Two foundational ways are reading and reflecting on Scripture and speaking to God in prayer and worship. In addition to these two, it is essential to include a regular rhythm of meeting with other Christians to worship, learn and grow together.
It is important to remember that spiritual disciplines are not an end in themselves. They are like a trellis for the vine to provide structure and stability with the goal of producing great grapes. The more we embrace discipline, the more we will experience…
Delight. “Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart” (Psalm 37.4).
This continual, even daily progression from desire to discipline to delight will help you grow spiritually, no matter how long you have been a Christian.
> How can you start to increase spiritual disciplines in your life?