This week in worship we are privileged to have Dr. Zan Holmes preach for us on this First Sunday in Lent. The worship theme is around the matter of “spiritual reading,” but we really never know what Dr. Holmes with do with our congregation or where he will take us—but we know it will be remarkable!
In our Lenten journey toward the cross of Jesus, I have written briefly about how spiritual disciplines become doors to liberation. In last week’s blog I shared about the inner spiritual disciplines of meditation, prayer, fasting, and study. This week we turn briefly to the outer spiritual disciplines. I want to list the outer spiritual disciplines and give each a brief focusing definition:
Simplicity—reflects an inward attitude toward life that results in an outward style of life.
Solitude—is not loneliness. Rather, solitude is a state of mind that says God alone fulfills us.
Submission—is the liberty of knowing that in submitting ourselves to God and others we are truly free.
Service—the discipline that reminds us that God created us to be in love and charity with our neighbors.
The outward spiritual disciplines reveal the inner condition of our souls. When we are able to act out what is in our hearts and lives, then we are freed to be the people God created us to be. In Jesus’ life we see that he lived in simplicity, solitude, submission, and service. To be more like Jesus is to be a person who is truly a practitioner of spiritual disciplines. And spiritual disciplines make disciples.