Do you know that you have more control over your spiritual growth than you might think?
In his classic work The Spirit of the Disciplines: Understanding How God Changes Lives author Dallas Willard defines a spiritual discipline as “an activity undertaken to bring us into more effective cooperation with Christ and His Kingdom.” Willard goes on to say…
Full participation in the life of God’s Kingdom and in the vivid companionship of Christ comes to us only through appropriate exercise in the disciplines for life in the spirit. Those disciplines alone can become for average Christians “the conditions upon which the spiritual life is made indubitably real.” It’s true. And if this point can be made as convincingly as its truth and its importance deserves, the practical effects will be stunning. There will be a life-giving revolution in our personal lives and in our world.
Are you ready to move from an average spiritual life to an extraordinary one? A life-giving revolution awaits you… but it requires hard work and personal commitment. The question you’ll need to grapple with is easy to ask but difficult to practice: “Is it worth it?” Is the potential outcome worth the day by day practice of the disciplines that will bring about spiritual growth?
Three disciplines of engagement have come to be understood as non-negotiable for growing Christians:
- The Discipline of Study: Psalm 119:9-16; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; Hebrews 4:11-13
- The Discipline of Meditation: Joshua 1:8-9; Psalm 1:1-2; Colossians 3:1-2; Philippians 4:8
- The Discipline of Prayer: Psalm 116:1-4; Ephesians 6:16-18; 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
What would happen if you committed to a day by day exercise of spiritual disciplines? How would your life be different? Is the potential outcome worth the effort it takes to achieve it?
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