What is Spiritual Formation? What is your life focus and who or what are you living it for? Work? Family? Self? Stuff? Jesus? Listen this week as guest speaker, Jon Hand, look at scripture to see how we can become more awake to God as we invite Jesus to imprint his life and character more deeply into our being, soul, and inner self.
What is Spiritual Formation?
Speaker: Jon Hand
Date: June 10, 2018
Luke 8:16-18 – Whatever is inside of us will be revealed over time. Old age is the great revealer of who we are becoming on the inside.
Romans 12:1-2 – We are morphing into something. We will either be morphed by the system of the world or morphed (trans-formed) into the image of Jesus.
Genesis 28:16 – Jacob woke up to the reality that was already there; God’s presence. Spiritual formation is waking up to what is already true but we may have missed it.
Psalms 46:1-10 – Be still so we can know that God is God and we are not. . . God.
“We are all in the process of becoming something or someone, we can’t help it. The joy and tragedy of life’s always forming us on a soul / spiritual level, whether we know it or not.”
Spiritual formation is the process of over time intentionally becoming awake to God, self, and others as I invite Jesus to imprint his life and character more deeply into my being / soul / inner self.
“Jesus is less interested in what we are accomplishing and more interested in who we are becoming.”
1. Who are you becoming? Who you are today will determine who you are in 5, 7, 10 + years from now.
2. Who / what are you aiming your life focus towards? Jesus? Self? Stuff? Family? Spiritual formation is about aiming at Jesus.
3. If you had to choose would you choose wisdom or productivity? Joy or accomplishment? Generosity or accumulation? Peace or workaholism? Courage or security?
4. How willing are you to try the practice of stillness as an antidote to anxiety, worry, fear, anger, avoidance, denial, resentment, and control?
1. Try this exercise 4 – 5 days a week for at least 6 weeks. Try it:
● Sit in silence and start by saying, “Be still and know that I am God.” Wait 3 minutes in silence. Focus on being still.
● Next, say, “Be still and know that I am.” Wait 3 minutes. Focus on silencing your thoughts. Pay attention to what you are thinking and feeling.
● Next, say, “Be still and know.” Wait 3 minutes. Focus on knowing that God is God and ask what that means for your worries, resentments, and desires.
● Next, say, “Be still.” Wait 3 minutes. Focus on stillness again.
● Next, say, “Be.” Wait 3 minutes. Focus on who you are becoming and invite Jesus to carve away the things in your life that are not true of who he made you to be.