My Three

For the past three weeks, Pastor Bart has been lead­ing us through the ser­mon series “My Three” which has been a very quick look at Colossians. Living a Christian life, we are called to use our heads, hearts, and hands. To have a full and abun­dant life in Christ, God has pro­vid­ed us with many dis­ci­plines, com­mon­ly called the spir­i­tu­al dis­ci­plines, our pas­tors called them life dis­ci­plines. The ser­mon series pre­sent­ed 15 dis­ci­plines, five for each of the “My Three.”

The five dis­ci­plines for the head are: guid­ance, med­i­ta­tion, study, reflec­tion and soli­tude. God doesn’t ask us to switch off our minds. Rather, He desires that we engage our minds that we come to know him bet­ter. Guidance helps us from stray­ing from God’s truth. It is the act of find­ing some­one who can be a guide, or as Flatland has called them, Life Coach. No mat­ter where we are in our Christian walk, anoth­er can help us. Mediation… well, I don’t think I should just repeat every­thing our pas­tors said, you will have to lis­ten to the three ser­mons. Go to http://www.flatlandchurch.com/ and fol­low the links to the ser­mons.

But, let me men­tion the oth­er 10 dis­ci­plines real quick. The five for our hearts are: con­fes­sion, rest, wor­ship, fast­ing, prayer. The five for our hands are: sur­ren­der, sac­ri­fice, lifestyle (how do peo­ple see you?), tithing, and atten­dance. By prac­tic­ing the 5 dis­ci­plines for our hearts, we will be changed emo­tion­al­ly and spir­i­tu­al­ly. By prac­tic­ing the 5 dis­ci­plines ofr our hands, we will be changed as we go and live our lives as Christians before oth­ers. Pastor Bart said some­thing that was rather pro­found, if we fail to use our hands to the glo­ry of God, we have lived a failed life.

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was used in the ser­mon to empha­size the aspect of using our hands for the Lord but I saw it more as a sum­ma­ry of the entire series. I like the way the New Living Translation reads, “And what­ev­er you do or say, do it as a rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the Lord Jesus, giv­ing thanks through Him to God the Father.” When we remem­ber we are rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the Lord, we will work hard at all the dis­ci­plines, to pre­pare our minds, to pre­pare our hearts that our hands may do that which the Lord would call us to do. And it ends with what I think of as one more spir­i­tu­al dis­ci­pline, thanks­giv­ing. When we thank God for all He has done as well as what He will do, we engage our minds, our hearts, as a response to the great things God has done through our hands.

And so our call is to get active in the spir­i­tu­al dis­ci­plines. A cou­ple books that may be handy for you to check out to help on this jour­ney of dis­ci­pline are Celebration of Discipline by Richard J. Foster
and Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life by Donald S. Whitney. One oth­er book by Richard J. Foster, Life with God: Reading the Bible for Spiritual Transformation looks rather inter­est­ing and I plan on pick­ing up. I haven’t read the book by Whitney but it does come high­ly rec­om­mend­ed. The book by Foster was required read­ing in sem­i­nary and is an excel­lent book (well, maybe not “required” but in the late 70’s through mid 80’s it was “the book” to read on spir­i­tu­al dis­ci­plines). I plan on read­ing it again, as soon as I can find it (or buy the audio ver­sion of it from Amazon).

More impor­tant­ly, it is time to get active and prac­tice these dis­ci­plines. Will you join me?

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