Week 2 – Practice

Begin with silence and prayer (15-20 minutes)

Simply put, we are all taking our life cues from somebody. The question is…who? Throughout the chaos and business of life, it is often hard for us to take time to pause and reflect in prayer. Take some time to be silent and start in prayer, asking The Holy Spirit to guide your time.

Get a journal, and take some time to work through the following questions:

  • Am I becoming who I am becoming on purpose?
  • Is there a goal in mind?
  • Who am I becoming and why?
  • Who is teaching me how to walk?
  • Who am I teaching…?

Become Like Jesus (10-15 minutes)

We know that it is our hope, to become more and more like Jesus, but what are some ways that we can actually make that a reality? How do you intentionally design who you are becoming? How do we change? Thankfully, one of the greatest modern Christian Thinkers, Dallas Willard, has provided a helpful formula to aid us on the road to discipleship. Willard mentions 3 things that it takes to change: Vision, Intention, and Means…this is the reliable pattern to growth. Take some time to journal and think through Vision, Intention, and Means.

Vision: What can you envision yourself becoming?

Intention: Have you decided that your vision of your transformed self is important enough that you will do whatever it takes to become a reality?

Means: What life rhythms do you need to begin installing? What tools and practices can you begin using to help achieve change?

He gave us a meal (55 mins)

When Jesus told his disciples to remember him, he did not give them a clever saying like, “WWJD,” or even a bible lesson. In fact, he gave them a meal. Christians for centuries have taken times to remember this meal that we call The Eucharist, or Communion.

It is in this meal, with the bread and the cup, that we are reminded of what it means to truly become like Jesus.  A death is involved.  Some part of us has to die, in order that we, as the Apostle Paul writes, can be resurrected with and alongside Christ. This week, our practice is to simply do what Jesus did … share a meal.

This could look a lot of different ways, but no matter what, it looks like you actually eating, with someone else.  Not handing out a meal, but having a meal.

What could Jesus teach us through the simple act of sharing food together.  How might the Holy Spirit work to show people the love of Jesus through a meal?  Whether it’s a quick lunch, or breakfast, or a dinner hosted at your house, take time to remember that Jesus did not give us a clever phrase to remember him, but a meal eaten in the company of others.

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