Fruitful Living – Day 40

five-practicesReading:
‘So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you. Take your everyday, ordinary life – your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life – and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for Him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit in without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out.’ (Romans 12 v 1 – 2, The Message)

Reflection:
‘Through the personal practice of Radical Hospitality, we open ourselves to God’s unconditional love, and make room in our hearts for God’s grace. We cultivate receptivity; we invite God in.

With patterns of Passionate Worship, we love God in return, allowing God to change our hearts, learning to love what God loves and to see the world through God’s eyes.

Through the practice of Intentional Faith Development, we cooperate with the Holy Spirit in our own spiritual maturation, and follow Christ more nearly.

We discern God calling us to make a difference in the lives of others through the practice of Risk-Taking Mission and Service.

Eventually, we realise that all we have and all that we are belongs to God, and we practice Extravagant Generosity.’

Prayer:
Lord Jesus,
we want to be more like You,
to have Your mind,
Your heart,
Your perspective,
Your compassion,
and live life in a way
which reflects Your glory
and points others back to You.
For Your kingdom on earth.
AMEN.

Challenge:
‘The five (above) are a set of practices – intertwined, interactive, and interdependent. Progress on one pulls us forward in another. Learning in one area supports growth in all areas’.
Which of the five needs your close attention?
Revisit the notes from the last five weeks, to find the particular challenges through which we may grow as disciples.

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