reflecting jesus (outer life)
Reflecting Jesus in our OUTER LIFE: Obedience is the indication of whether or not we are actually following Jesus. We cannot simply hold the right beliefs, we must live lives of integrity that reflect the kind of actions that Jesus's life did. The Holy Spirit helps us to grow over time into looking more and more like Jesus.
Spiritual Practices that Help plant seeds that grow into the fruit of the Spirit in us:
Often called disciplines of Engagement- these practices help us to partner with God in the transformation of our hearts, minds, souls in a way that leads to obedience. We plant God's word, we focus our attention on God so that we can begin to live lives of love, joy, peace, patience and other characteristics of Jesus.
(Click on the Practice for a downloadable description, and practical ways to do them on your own.
- Meditation- Meditation is a long, ardent gaze at God, his work and his Word. Slowing down and giving one's undivided attention to God lies at the core of Christian meditation.
- Memorization- Memorization is the process of continually remembering the words, truths, and images God uses to shape us. Memorization provides us with a store of learning, which can be accessed anywhere and anytime. (Here is a downloadable list of scriptures to memorize that reinforce who we are in Christ)
- Service-Service is a way of offering resources, time, treasure, influence, and expertise for the care, protection, justice, and nurture of others. Acts of Service give hands to the second greatest commandment: "Love Your Neighbor as yourself."
- Community- Christian Community exists when believers connect with each other in authentic and loving ways that encourage growth in Christ. There are many commands that we are to put into practice with "one-another". Here is a list for you to choose one to start with.
Books to Start With:
KNOWING | REFLECTING | SERVING | POINTING