God-Shaped Life Rhythms
Athletes spend thousands of hours preparing for mere seconds or minutes at the Olympic games. They channel years of time, money, and energy toward that one all-consuming goal. Their life rhythms are Olympic-shaped.
By contrast, allowing God to shape our lives is the ultimate act of worship. The intent of the Old and New Testaments and life forever with God is God-shaped living. Allowing God to shape our lives initially disrupts them significantly. We cannot become more like Jesus while doing what we have always done! We will be tempted to settle for an easier way than balancing our time among our family, fellow-believers, and not-yet-believers while keeping it God-centered.
A sustainable weekly rhythm includes at least one day of rest. The Ten Commandments forbid being a workaholic (remember the Sabbath day…) right along with forbidding adultery and stealing (Exodus 20:1-17). God-honoring rest energizes and recharges us. For extraverts, that might include spending at least some rest time with many people. For introverts, it will be alone or with just a few people.
We might have to discipline ourselves to go to bed and get up earlier to create space for God to shape our lives early each day. Those of us who are not morning persons will meet with God when we are alert at some other time of the day.
We must seek God as earnestly as a thirsty person seeks water in the desert (Psalm 63:1). When we seek Him with all our heart and soul, we will find Him (Deuteronomy 4:29). When we draw near to Him, He draws near to us (James 4:8). He promises He will never forsake those who seek Him (Psalm 9:10). He will bless them (Psalm 119:2a).
As we read our daily Scripture portion, a study Bible such as The Life Application Bible helps us understand the passage’s background, meaning, and application. Writing down a personal application has greatly benefitted me. Give it a try. As we pray about all that concerns us (Philippians 4:6-7), we experience peace. God-shaped life rhythms empower us to experience the full, meaningful life Jesus promises (John 10:10). #freechristiandiscipleshipresources #freeevangelismresources #freechristianleadershipresources
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