What’s even better than knowing that you can enter God’s presence right now? Knowing that He wants you to.
Main Text: Luke 10:38-42; John 11:28-35; John 12:1-3; John 17:20-26
In a society that so prizes busyness, it’s easy for our work for Jesus to crowd out our time with Him.
Last week we saw two sisters, Martha and Mary, one who wanted to work for Jesus and one who wanted to be with Jesus (you can listen to that sermon here).
This week, we’re tracing Jesus’ relationship with these sisters (and their well-known, resurrected brother, Lazarus) to see Jesus’ delight and desire at work—He loves them and desires to be with them.
Jesus also loves us and desires to have union with us. This is a major New Testament theme, expressed perhaps most movingly in Jesus’ prayer in John 17.
Because Jesus desires union with you, when you practice intentional spirituality, He responds.
Christian writers throughout history have catalogued useful practices for drawing near to God. You might check out Richard Foster’s Celebration of Discipline or Adele Ahlberg Calhoun’s Spiritual Disciplines Handbook. (Or works by AW Tozer, Augustine of Hippo, Teresa of Avila, Dallas Willard, Brother Lawrence, Gregory of Nyssa …)
What would it look like for you to choose the good part this week? Is there one particular discipline you might be willing to try? For more suggestions, check out our latest blog post.
Finally, here are the lists of spiritual disciplines mentioned in the sermon:
From Richard Foster’s Celebration of Discipline:
Inward: Meditation, Prayer, Fasting, Study
Outward: Simplicity, Solitude, Submission, Service
Communal: Confession, Worship, Guidance, Celebration
From Adele Ahlberg Calhoun’s Spiritual Disciplines Handbook: