Jesus calls us to light and life. Do we actually know what that means? Would we recognize true, real life when we saw it?
This is one of the most urgent questions Christians of our day must revisit, re-learning what we have forgotten. The modern church has a terrible, anemic view of what “heaven” and “eternal life” look like, when it begins, and what we’ll be doing with it.
Life hacks are fun, helpful tips for accomplishing more in less time. They are easy to read and share and they constitute the lion’s share of what’s being done in productivity circles these days. But if we’re not careful, we can start to think that spiritual formation is just another stream of life hacks for Christians.
Right now, the moment that is upon you as you read this is the only moment that matters. The past does not exist, and the future is not yet written. The good life is to be lived now. This moment is the only moment that is real.
Spiritual formation can be a burden and a curse if we don’t understand the role of our own effort in what God is doing to lead us deeper into the good life of his kingdom. Consider these short meditations on the theology of spiritual formation.
The word regnare means to reign; our project is to (re)discover ways of living that reshape our imagination, habits, and practices such that we can better see the kingdom ("reign") of God and better follow him into what he is doing around us.
Does that sound difficult? Jesus says that his yoke is easy and his burden is light. The more we learn from him and actually do what he says, we find Jesus knows how to truly live—to remain in touch with the source of life at all times (God himself) and to get involved with what God is doing to create and cultivate lasting good from the raw stuff that makes up our daily life.
This is the kind of life Jesus led. And he is still at work, teaching others the way to this very good life. Interested? Read more...