Newsletter: May 25, 2018

May 25, 2018 at 11:28 am Categories: E-newsletter


May 25, 2018

The Message is Hope

First Alliance Church

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The other day I made a phone call. The person on the other end picked up and asked a question I’ve been asked a thousand times: “Who am I speaking to?” For some reason that innocuous question struck me like a dart that day. That is a deep question, in its essence, isn’t it? It got me thinking, “Who am I?” “Who has God made me to be?” “Who does God see me as?”

I realized that day as I was on hold how vital these questions are.

It’s essential because the core of spirituality is living and being grounded in our true, new, redeemed selves which is only found in God, our Father and Creator.

We need to know who we are. If we desire to grow in our faith, grow in our relationship with the Father, we need to know who He has made us to be and how he created us to relate to Him and others.

This is the foundational building block of Christian discipleship.

St Augustine writes in his Confessions, “How can you draw close to God when you are far from your own self?” And he prayed: “Grant, Lord, that I may know myself that I may know thee.”

St Teresa of Avila wrote in her work The Way of Perfection: “Almost all problems in the spiritual life stem from a lack of self-knowledge.”

When we don’t know who we are, we are easily swayed by outside influences: cultural expectations, other people’s expectations, our own emotional whims, other people’s lives. Today we are confronted with unending distractions vying to derail us and waste our time. And when we are influenced by these things more than God, it hinders us from wholeness and interrupts how He can form us into who we are really designed to be.

So, this Summer I am taking a challenge, and I invite you to join me in this. I am going to carve out at least 10 minutes per day for silent contemplation and prayer. And in this time I’ll mainly just sit in silence, with my mind on God, and wait. I might tell God how I am feeling that day, or what is on my mind. And I will always ask, “God show me who you are and who you have made me to be.”

Silence and solitude are foundational to healthy, deep spirituality. And when we take time to sit and rest with our mind on God, it gives Him space to speak into our lives. Personally. Intimately.

If you would like to share your experience, I would love to hear how this goes for you. Or if you have any questions or are looking for more resources, don’t hesitate to reach out: gabe.lawson@faclex.com

Gabe Lawson

Pastor of Discipleship and Care

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