February 27, 2015
“Keeping Company with Jesus”
Last week I started a new series I’m calling, “Learning to Live Like Jesus.”
As I began my message last Sunday, I asked you to imagine a basketball player who was fully convinced he could play and excel at the highest levels of the game without proper exercise, practice or training. I went on to ask what you would say to him if you were his coach and how you would try to straighten out his misguided thinking.
That scenario is really no more ridiculous than the Christian who thinks in a moment of crisis, temptation or decision, they can excel in the practice of godliness without proper training. Why is it so easy to see the benefits of athletic training but not spiritual training?
For some of you, I fear the verdict is still out concerning the validity of practicing what we call spiritual disciplines. Here’s an abbreviated list of some of the disciplines:
Solitude – pulling away from others in order to be alone with God
Secrecy – serving God and others without being recognized
Silence – being quiet in God’s presence and in the presence of others; taming your tongue
Fasting – giving up food or something else in order to sharpen your focus on God
Simplicity – untangling your life in order to have more time to spend with God and more money to spend on the things of God
Humility – practicing the hidden way of love rather than the worldly way of power
Fellowship – engaging with others in common practices of Bible study, worship, prayer and celebration
Another spiritual discipline is worship which will be our focus this coming Sunday. I hope you’re taking time each day to work through the devotions we’ve provided on the website or something of your own. As you focus on preparing your heart for Sunday, prayerfully read the passage below from Matthew 11:28-30.
“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you.
Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”
I love that last line – “Keep company with me…”
See you Sunday,