70 Things – Decision Making, Discipleship, Disciplines
Decision Making, Discipleship, Disciplines
Excerpted from Pastoring Men, Moody Publishers
We face two kinds of decisions–moral decisions and priority decisions. Moral decisions are choices between right and wrong. There is a morally correct answer and a morally wrong answer. For example, whether or not to steal or commit adultery. Priority decisions–the vast majority of them–are choices between right and right. In other words, there are two or more choices of which any could be correct. For example, which job to take, car to buy, woman to marry, or neighborhood to live in. To make good priority decisions, inquire of the Lord like David did–and ask a friend or two for wisdom.
The highest honor to which a human being can aspire is to be a disciple of Jesus. Biblically, a disciple has three attributes. First, he is born again. Second, he is being spiritually transformed by God and His Word. We grow through sermons, Bible studies, one-on-ones, small groups, adult education classes, teaching a class, and any other way that connects us to Christ and His gospel. Third, he is actively engaged in loving and serving others. We can love and serve others by asking people we meet day-to-day how they’re doing and offer to pray for them or meet their practical needs when we’re in a position to help. Grade yourself A, B, C, D, F in each of these three areas–called to live in Christ, equipped to live like Christ, sent to live for Christ. How did you do?
18. Disciplines, Spiritual
Spiritual disciplines are regular practices or habits that help us a) cultivate a deeper, closer walk with Christ, and b) discern the will of God. The disciplines don’t earn merit or make God love us more. Not doing them doesn’t make Him love us less. Instead, they are practical ways to have a more personal, reciprocal love relationship with our Father and Redeemer. Almost any Christian virtue or duty can be turned into a discipline. My favorites are reading the Bible, communion with God, prayer, and contemplating the beauty of creation. Others include seeking counsel, conducting spiritual warfare, fellowship, worship, fasting, stewardship, service, and even evangelism. What are the spiritual disciplines that make you feel closer to God and help you understand His will?
Yours for changed lives,
Patrick Morley, PhD
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