contemplative monk : Intentional Spirituality Transforms

A Lenten Pilgrimage: Recovering Our Life ‘In Christ’

 

If you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above… 

As we prepare for Good Friday and Easter, I see a whole lot of people trying to whip themselves into shape, trying to make themselves good enough for Easter.

We live an ‘in Christ’ life

Lent is a time to recover those things we have lost that should not have been forgotten.

The point of our spiritual practice is not to practice perfectly. Leave the perfection up to God. We could never do it, earn it, or become it. We can only receive it in Christ.

The point of all our spiritual practices are to open us up to God, to receive God’s perfection in Christ.

We enter into the rest of Christ’s finished work, and receive the perfection, the holiness, and the wholeness of God. In fact, we enter into our rest in Christ’s finished work and live out of that rest in Christ.

We work out what God has worked within us.

Be Holy

This is why the Scriptures tell us to Be Holy, not to do or achieve holiness. Holiness is a state of being, of co dwelling in Christ. Being always proceeds doing. And doing naturally flows out of being.

Light-Grown In The Garden of Our Hearts

Holiness or wholeness is like the light of God’s face we receive and reflect. We work that light out into our lives. It integrates at even a subatomic level into us.

Better yet, it is grown in the garden of God in our hearts producing love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control, the fruit of the Holy Spirit.

No Mere Imitation

This is no mere imitation, we radiate, as we begin to express these qualities of the character of God in our lives. Yet it is grown, as we abide in the vine, not a gift. Character is proven and grown into us, from the inside out. We receive the wholeness of God in rest, and work it out in grace.

Our spiritual and devotional practices provide us the forms and structures to begin working God’s life out into our lives.

~ Now, may the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you, and abide in you, forevermore. Amen.

 

Painting: Rembrandt

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