WPC Warm Up, September 15, 2014
How is Christian character formed in us? Does it just "happen"? Consider the examples of people you respect for their spiritual maturity. What do you learn from them? If you think about it you will soon conclude they model what we call "spiritual disciplines". It has always been like this. Check Hebrews 5:7–9. Jesus learned obedience through the things He suffered and so became not only our Savior and Lord, but also our example to follow. To be like Jesus is to practice like Jesus. Also check out Matthew 4:1–11, called, "The Temptation of Jesus", though I'm not so sure about that title. Dallas Willard proposes that the 40 days of fasting in the desert did not weaken Jesus, but made Him stronger and ready for the devil's tests. What can we take from his example for our tests? Maybe what makes the difference between a "test" and a "temptation" is our practice of some basic spiritual disciplines. What do you think? What has been helping you? Share some of these with me by email this week.
In His grace,
Pastor Dick Thompson