I am currently reading “The Great Omission” by Dallas Willard, as part of my morning devotions.
Willard’s “thing” is discipleship and the spiritual disciplines, and he has become an important influence upon many believers who are searching for something deeper than just “doing church”.
The spiritual disciplines include such things as prayer, fasting (which in our culture should also include “technology fasting”, e.g., turning off the mobile and not blogging!), Sabbath keeping, solitude and generosity.
And, of course, reading is also a spiritual discipline. One of Rick Warren’s stock phrases is, “Leaders are readers!” I know people in leadership positions who do not read, but the lack of this discipline shows itself just as an absence of the other disciplines will always leave us exposed at some point.
Without discipline we inevitably end up shallow, and shallowness is opposed to grace.
Willard writes: “Grace is opposed to earning, not to effort. And it is well-directed, decisive, and sustained effort that is the key to the keys of the Kingdom and to the life of restful power in ministry and life that those keys open to us.”
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