Spending time in prayer and in study and in silence before God, engaging in intentional spiritual disciplines, and committing ourselves to a rhythm of discipleship that naturally facilitates balance and simplicity, in a life filled with complexity, is such a Christ-like way to live.
But if I had to guess, if anyone gets cheated, it’s God. And you. And those that need you.
As resurrected people we live life between Sundays. On Sunday the Author of Life breathes life into us communally. We yearn for Sunday because on Sunday we come to the table. On Sunday we commune with God the Father, God the Son, and God the Spirit. And on Sunday we commune with one another as His church.
Yet the design of covenant is such that we experience communion with God in every facet of life. Our worship of God on Sunday is diametrically impacted (either positively or negatively) through our day by day, moment by moment worship of Him during the week. Our communal worship works in tandem with our daily spiritual practice (worship).
God exists in community. Father, Son, and Spirit. We are created in the image of God. Spiritually. We are spiritual beings.
Because of this, we too are created to exist in community. With God. And with one another. (Are we spiritual beings having a physical experience or physical beings having a spiritual experience? Yes.)
An amazing facet of why our God has given us to one another as His church is that we commune with Him and with one another. We share in, and engage in, life.
We are in need of recapturing the communal nature of faith (not solely Communion with a big “C” but communion at every level – though too often we lose the communal nature of Communion as we come to the table).
Communal worship on Sunday is the culmination of (and genesis of) our week, and works in synergy with the fundamental practice of spiritual disciplines throughout our rhythm of life.
The goal of which is a holistic way of living a life that honors the Father, and a way of life that looks more and more like Jesus.
We think of ourselves as being in pursuit of God. And certainly we do. Prayerfully we are.
But when we consume with wonder, into our hearts, that it is He who pursues us, the transformative reality of covenant relationship and living in sync with Him radically changes everything.
“Let heaven fill your thoughts.” – Colossians 3:2a (NLT)
Glory to God!
(This is a reworking of a previous post that I’ve submitted for a project a friend is working on that will include 52 communion devotionals.)