This is not a question you get asked everyday. Nonetheless it is still a very good question to ponder.
To define our terms a bit, spirituality can refer to anything from how I feel about myself to what God is doing in and through me. However, while the word spirituality does not occur in the Bible, related words such as spirit and spiritual do. The words translated spirit, in both the OT and NT, can also mean wind, breath, or spirit. Thus, this word group can be used to describe both internal and external “unseen” processes.
There is much that could be said here, but in sum, when the Bible and Christian tradition speaks of spirituality, the notion deals with some connection we have with God’s Spirit. Christian spirituality is when God’s Holy Spirit touches our human spirits. It is a way to speak of our journey towards God. This journey is the primary work and mission God has placed on the church.
When I ask if you have a passionate spirituality, what I mean is your spirituality alive, vital, and practiced? Again, the Bible and Christian tradition has passed on to those who seek to follow Jesus certain practices that will condition them for the journey. These practices include, but are not limited to, the following: prayer, meditation, reading scripture, giving, fasting, worship, spiritual conversations, reading works of spirituality, and service. Those who have a vital, passionate spirituality are those willing to commit to these practices.
While these spiritual practices can’t make God respond to our (self-)perceived needs—would we really want that anyway?—they can posture us so that we are more useful to God’s purposes.
Pray right now, if you can, that God will give you and your church a deeper, more passionate spirituality.
4 thoughts on “Do You Have a Passionate Spirituality?”
thanks stan. this is very relevant to where i’m at right now. feeling like i’ve been stuck in that dead space, knowing what i need to do to move forward, but have been unwilling to do so. thanks for the push this afternoon. peace!
Blair, I’m glad you found it helpful. Keep plugging away; you are doing a great work there. Keep going where no Youth Guy has gone before! Love to see you again.
one day, i will come to new orleans. now that you are there, it gives me even more reason to come down! hopefully some day soon. peace!
Love to have you. Come on down.
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