Rule of Life: Scripture (11 January 2021)

Morning Encounter:

If we desire a deeper life with God, then we need to be intentional. Following Jesus in our everyday lives and becoming more like him, doesn’t just happen – especially when our lives are distracted, busy and overwhelming. We need to work out ways to create space to be with God, so he can transform us by his Spirit. Christian tradition has a name for this intentional rhythm; it is called a Rule of Life. St. Benedict introduced this concept to help monks living in community to order their days around prayer, study and work. Over time, as we surrender ourselves to new practices of being with God through regular ‘habits’ we will find our lives increasingly shaped and transformed by God. Each day this week we will explore a different spiritual practice. At the end of the week, you will have an opportunity to reflect on your experience and create your own rule of life.

Read:

Your teachings are sweeter than honey. They give me understanding and make me hate all lies.Your word is a lamp that gives light wherever I walk. Your laws are fair, and I have given my word to respect them all.

(Psalm 119.103-106)

Reflect:

Psalm 119 is the longest Psalm in Scripture. Here the Psalmist expresses his love for the word of God. Scripture is divine revelation, revealing to us who God is, who we are and why we are here. Immersing ourselves in Scripture shapes our life with God. Jesus knew the Scriptures well, he used them to answer testing questions, resist temptation, encourage and comfort others. Meditation, study and memorisation can help us to be immersed in God’s word and keep company with Jesus.

Respond:  

Take a Bible with you today, either on your phone or book version. Read it as often as you can in spare moments throughout the day. If you have time, read a whole book such as Colossians, in one sitting.

Midday Meditation:

‘Never lose sight of the fact that the Bible exists to draw you beyond itself into the presence of Jesus. He longs for you, yearns for you, desires you. Read like a lover. Allow your desire and longing to draw you to him. Don’t be afraid.’ 

(Chris Webb Fire of the Word)

Evening Reflection:

Christ is exactly like God, who cannot be seen. He is the first-born Son, superior to all creation. Everything was created by him, everything in heaven and on earth, everything seen and unseen, including all forces and powers, and all rulers and authorities. All things were created by God’s Son and everything was made for him. (Colossians 1.15-16)

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