First, WE LOVE EACH ONE OF YOU!! Second, we are excited to see each one of you do something in following Jesus that maybe you might even think is crazy, silly, just not-needed, or even dumb. I'm sure Jesus'early followers said the same thing to each other. But we have been given the task in His great commission to help you grow as his disciples. So eat your vegetables and do the homework! LOL ;-)
On Wednesday night we discussed our modern obsession with busyness, efficiency, and speed (example was fast-food). Don showed how HURRY is actually killing relationships, it's creating a lot of internal stress, and it can keep us from hearing the voice of God. We talked how Jesus wasn't in a hurry and the likely reason was because he practiced solitude. Solitude is the art of SLOWING DOWN. You may have heard people talk about how they want to grow deeper in their relationship with Jesus, however, for many this does not involve doing all of the things that Jesus did (especially the uncomfortable things). Yet many today continue in Bible study after Bible study, listening to podcast after podcast, going to Christian concert after Christian concert and years later there is still little internal growth.
Does this frustrate you? I am proposing that if we want to begin to experience the intimacy Jesus had with the Father, we need to begin to walk as Jesus walked. We need to re-discover together and practice together the more uncomfortable disciplines he lived out and showed his followers.
I am including the 2 sided sheet we passed out with the scriptures showing how "SOLITUDE" was a part of the life of Jesus and his followers. Like any sport, the more you practice the better you get. It will be difficult at first, but with diligence and persistence you will get better and it will soon impact your life and the lives of those you love.
For this week we challenged you to re-read over the scriptures and begin to get alone with God. The homework includes some other practical ways to SLOW DOWN and engage with people around you as well as with God. It takes lots of practice so hang in there! I can't wait to swap stories of how your time this week went!
Click image below to access scriptures & slowing down homework