Review & Reflection
2 Corinthians 11:3
But the serpent tricked Eve with its cunning, and in the same way I’m afraid that your minds may be corrupted from the single-mindedness and purity which the Messiah’s people should have. [KNT]
The Point of it All. Before getting into some specific keystone habits for the spiritual life, it was important to know the point of it all so we knew the “why” of these habits. I believe we are here to become one with God just as Jesus said that He and the Father were one. To live a life of divine love and be filled with that divine love more and more everyday. In order to be filled, we must take advantage of the “means of grace” for the filling. “Operation: Fill & Spill” as I like to call it in order to become God’s Unconditional Love Machines spilling out His love onto the world. This is the healing of the nations–divine love through us all. Unless we employ those means of grace, I don’t see how we will be filled over time with more and more of God. That’s the point of these habits and the reason for the formation of them, to create space for the Spirit of Jesus to indwell us.
The means of grace, or maybe we could call them “filling stations” (this is what older people like my mom call gas stations), we are talking about this month are:
- The Examen Prayer
- Lectio Divina
- Spiritual Partnership
- Practicing the Presence of God
Man, I am concerned you are losing your single-minded laser focus on Jesus and, therefore, your purity of devotion to Him which is what it’s all about! It’s like when that snake in the garden tricked Eve with his deceitful craftiness–the world and even religion bombards you with its lies, and it’s so easy to be led astray because of the constancy of it as well as the convincing eloquence with which it entices you.
2 Corinthians 11:3 [NRV]*
* New Roop Version: “Oh the NeRVe of this translation!”
In the Name of Jesus,
Soli Deo Gloria