Will Prayer Help You Become a More Humble Person?

The Journey to Humility with Silent Prayer

I have discovered much about prayer the last 15 years. It’s not what I thought it was. I’ve moved from seeing prayer as primarily communicating with God to experiencing prayer as communion with God. Prayer is not so much about me talking and listening to God but about me being in God in silence. That’s why prayer has been a journey into humility for me. It’s a journey experienced at a snail’s pace. It’s a journey that no matter how long I’ve been walking, it seems I’ve only just begun.

Do you recognize the need for humility in your own life? Then regularly practice silent prayer and make progress on your journey. (Here, I use the word “silent” to describe prayer. Because there are so many ideas of prayer floating around, I must qualify it in some way. “Quiet,” “communing,” or “abiding” would work, too.)

The journey to humility is walked along the path of silent prayer. 

  • In silent prayer, you are not the one in control. You control a conversation by doing all the talking. So, be quiet. Shut up! Stop talking.
  • In silent prayer, you realize how full of yourself you are. In the quietness, you’ll struggle with your ego. Ego does not like silence. Go ahead and do battle with your ego by being silent.
  • In silent prayer, you begin to see yourself as nothing. You will recognize how little you are and how life-giving God is.
  • In silent prayer, you experience coming to Jesus, taking his yoke, and learning meekness and lowliness from him. You begin to learn humility from Jesus himself.
  • In silent prayer, you learn the joy of hiddenness. Hiddenness is the seed of humility. Embrace it.
  • In silent prayer, you entrust yourself to God. With regular practice of silent prayer, you begin to strip away self-reliance. You begin to experience God’s faithfulness.

How to engage in silent prayer

1. Find a place of solitude and isolate yourself for 5-10 minutes. Include a cross, picture or icon of Jesus, and a lit candle to help you focus your heart on the Trinity.

2. When your thoughts try to dominate the silence, pray the pray of the heart: “Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me a sinner.”

3. Release any outcomes to God. You are not praying in silence in order to get something from God. You are simply being with Him.

4. Don’t overthink or analyze the experience. Let silent prayer be a path to humility.

Silent prayer is a key element to humility.

How will you begin to practice silent prayer? Share your experience below. Share the struggles you have on your journey towards humility along the path of silent prayer. 

Dr. K 

3 Simple Practices that Counteract Your Pride

Effective, Time-Tested Means to Develop Humility

I am a proud person. Pride shows itself in my life most often when I don’t get my way. When someone contradicts me, won’t do what I ask, or says “no” to me, my ugly ego rises and rebels. It doesn’t like to be dismissed. Can you relate?

Do you recognize how self-preoccupied you are? Have you developed ways to protect your ego? You are probably blinded by your own pride. Have you ever thought of doing something about it? Probably. And did thinking about it accomplish anything? Probably not. Your ego is so powerful that you need to engage in effective methods designed to cripple your ego. 

Three simple practices that, when put into practice, will help you begin your journey in humility.

1. Prayer – quietly communing with God in your heart and mind

2. Fasting – abstaining from what is good so that something better will result

3. Almsgiving – offering something valuable for the good of another and yourself

The ancient Church and faith has taught these practices for centuries. Those who are considered humble practice them. Moderns, like you and me, have forgotten them or were never aware of their effectiveness in defeating pride. But you learn best by doing. Doing these practices is the best way to cripple your ego and begin experiencing humility.

The Futility of Merely Thinking About Humility 

You cannot think your way to humility. It is good to memorize the verses and meditate on them. Yet, that is only the beginning. Until you begin practicing effective methods designed to defeat pride and foster humility, your ego will continue to win. I have seen this in the lives of church leaders over the past four decades. They know their Bibles but they are filled with pride. I have seen this in myself, as well.

The Power of Simplicity 

Notice the simplicity. There are only three time-tested, effective means upheld by the Church for centuries. These methods come out of the teaching and practice of Jesus and the Apostles. You will discover that when you begin to engage these practices, you will learn much about yourself and your pride. For example, each of these practices teach me how utterly devoted I am to my own comfort and ease; how attached I am to my own stuff – emotions, material things, and the praise of others.

I invite you to give each of them a try. 

Look at the three simple practices above. Decide on one doable action for each practice. Follow through with your decision beginning today.

I will share more in the posts to come how to engage these simple but effective practices.

How will you start to defeat your ego? Share with a comment below. This will be an encouragement to you and others.

Dr. K 

Why Reading Ancient Writers Will Make You a Better Christian

C.S. Lewis on Reading the Church Fathers: Excerpt from the Preface to "On the Incarnation" by St. Athanasius

There is a strange idea abroad that in every subject the ancient books should be read only by the professionals, and that the amateur should content himself with the modern books. Thus I have found as a tutor in English Literature that if the average student wants to find out something about Platonism, the very last thing he thinks of doing is to take a translation of Plato off the library shelf and read the Symposium. He would rather read some dreary modern book ten times as long, all about “isms” and influences and only once in twelve pages telling him what Plato actually said. The error is rather an amiable one, for it springs from humility. The student is half afraid to meet one of the great philosophers face to face. He feels himself inadequate and thinks he will not understand him. But if he only knew, the great man, just because of his greatness, is much more intelligible than his modern commentator. The simplest student will be able to understand, if not all, yet a very great deal of what Plato said; but hardly anyone can understand some modern books on Platonism. It has always therefore been one of my main endeavours as a teacher to persuade the young that firsthand knowledge is not only more worth acquiring than secondhand knowledge, but is usually much easier and more delightful to acquire.

This mistaken preference for the modern books and this shyness of the old ones is nowhere more rampant than in theology. Wherever you find a little study circle of Christian laity you can be almost certain that they are studying not St. Luke or St. Paul or St. Augustine or Thomas Aquinas or Hooker or Butler, but M. Berdyaev or M. Maritain or M. Niebuhr or Miss Sayers or even myself.

Now this seems to me topsy-turvy. Naturally, since I myself am a writer, I do not wish the ordinary reader to read no modern books. But if he must read only the new or only the old, I would advise him to read the old. And I would give him this advice precisely because he is an amateur and therefore much less protected than the expert against the dangers of an exclusive contemporary diet. A new book is still on its trial and the amateur is not in a position to judge it. It has to be tested against the great body of Christian thought down the ages, and all its hidden implications (often unsuspected by the author himself) have to be brought to light.

— C.S. Lewis, Excerpt from the Preface to On the Incarnation by St. Athanasius the Great (Popular Patristics Series Edition)

What Jesus Teaches You About Prayer in Solitude

Exploring Jesus' Example of Praying

Now in the morning, having risen a long while before daylight, He went out and departed to a solitary place; and there prayed.  Mark 1.35

Jesus “got away” from work in order to spend time with His Father (notice both movements)…

1. He awoke in the quiet of the early morning hours (the original Greek says “in the night”). Perhaps you’ve heard of people who do night-time “vigils.” They are following Jesus’ example. Is there something special about praying in the night?

2. He got away from a place that just a few hours previous had been bustling with hundreds of people and much activity. After a demanding phase of ministry, Jesus got away.

3. He went to a place – the wilderness/desert. This is the same kind of place he lived for 40 days after his baptism – the wilderness. It doesn’t sound like a very beautiful, “refreshing” place to go.

4. He prayed. He communed with His Father and the Holy Spirit. Do you think he talked the whole time? I doubt it. What intimate fellowship he must have experienced.

The Inspiration of Jesus’ Example

This little glimpse into Jesus’ life speaks volumes. Are you convicted and inspired by Jesus’ example? As always, His life and actions cause you to take a second look at your own life and actions. Rarely do you like what you see. Yet, you can follow Jesus’ example and experience what he experienced.

Here are some challenging thoughts drawn from this episode for you to ponder and engage.

  • Sleep can be enjoyed too much. Do you love your sleep? Do you love it too much? Are you willing to interrupt your sleep in order to fellowship with God? Start with adjusting your schedule so that you can be with God in the quiet of the morning hours. Go to bed earlier. Get up earlier with an alarm. 15-20 minutes of quality time is doable.
  • The wilderness can be attractive. When you “get away” it’s usually for pleasure or entertainment. Do you ever think about going someplace outdoors to meet with God? In solitude, your heart grows quiet and you are able to focus on the goodness and beauty of God. “I’m too busy,” you say. Jesus could say the same thing. But he found a way.
  • Ministry/Work and solitude can coincide. Just before and just after Jesus was in solitude, he was involved in ministry to others. You can do ministry out of solitude and allow ministry to lead you back to solitude. It is not “either/or” but “both/and.” Are you out of balance – Ministry/work dominates; fellowship with God suffers? Even better – Can solitude be part of your work? You can take the fellowship you have with God into every area of your life.

Do you daily set aside time to meet with God in solitude? How about in the night or early morning? Do you have set times on your calendar for hours away from work to be with God in nature or retreat? Let Jesus’ example inspire you to get away and spend time with God.

Comment below how you are going to adjust your schedule so that you can meet with God. Or, share what you are doing now for times of solitude with God. 

Dr. K

What War Room Really Teaches You About God & Prayer

What Expectations Do You Place on God?

Rhonda and I recently enjoyed an evening together watching the movie War Room. The message of the movie was good. But, it left me wishing for a more complete portrayal of prayer. The movie has become all the rave among evangelicals, some of whom are my family and friends. In this post, I’m not critiquing the movie itself. However, I am troubled by the underlying perspective and understanding of God and prayer that the movie portrays. Here are my thoughts.

The movie in a nutshell: Develop a prayer strategy and God will answer your prayers.

The Movie’s Portrayal of God

  • God fixes things but can’t handle the day to day stuff. God is able to fix a marriage but struggles to sustain one, especially a not so great one. God struggles to help you in your long-suffering. For God to be God, He must make your circumstances better. No doubt, God wants to make you better even if your circumstances don’t change. God shapes you and your heart in the routine, day-to-day “stuff.” He’s right in the middle of it trying to make you a better person.
  • God is at your beckon call. God will make things right if you are fervent enough in prayer especially prayer that includes Bible verses. Actually, God isn’t required to do anything for you. He can’t be made to obey you no matter how fervent your prayers or how many verses you quote. Do you really have a God that can be manipulated? Remember Job. Look at the end of Hebrews 11. People of deep faith did not receive what was promised. Many of them suffered greatly. Yet, “the world was not worthy” of them. The martyrs of the Church tell us by their lives and deaths that God is not a tame lion. He will not be trained to do your bidding. God is not a magic genie waiting to eagerly grant you your every wish.
  • God wants victory above all. There is danger in formulating strategies that focus on outcomes. Can you only be happy if you have a happy marriage? A godly husband? A successful family? If you pray for God to produce these things in your life are you not trying to control what He should do? If your primary goal in prayer is “victory” then you have really painted yourself into a corner in your closet.

The Movie’s Portrayal of Prayer

  • Prayer is primarily a weapon against Satan. This is a major theme in the movie. There is some truth here. Prayer is powerful. Yet, it is a disservice to the beauty of prayer to reduce it to weaponry. I believe prayer is primarily communion with God. In the midst of that communion spoken prayer can be practiced many ways. A bigger question is: “Against what or whom is the weapon used?” It can be powerful to defeat the encroachment of Satan. Yet, your own self, your own ego, is as great an enemy. When is the last time you did battle with your own ego using prayer as the primary weapon?
  • A good prayer strategy will get results. Is a real Christian the one who has a strategy and gets answers to prayer? Is she the one in whose life all things work out the way she wants them to? As I left the movie I felt like a second-class Christian citizen. I don’t pray as portrayed in the movie. And, I don’t see those kinds of answers. I’ve tried this kind of thing in the past and “failed.” So, my life is filled with unfulfilled hopes. My expectations of God are often disappointed. See, I am not a very good Christian after all.

Additional Thoughts 

  • An overlooked reality of God’s work portrayed in the movie is the changes that took place in Liz’s life. Her heart transformation, peaceful demeanor, and loving actions made all the difference. Perhaps more impactful than her prayers. Yes, she prayed. But she also showed many characteristics that would, on their own, impact her husband and daughter. A better take away for you would be to learn from her transformed heart and manner of life not just how she prayed.
  • If we are to rejoice always and be thankful for all things, then why wasn’t Liz and Miss Clara doing that even when Tony was acting like a jerk? Do you think Miss Clara would have danced around, raised her arms, and sung even if Tony had not changed? That would have been more “biblical” and godly it seems to me.
  • Finally, why is it that the man is the jerk and rotten spouse? I’m sure this is quite common.  Yet, there are many men who hunger for God. But, as C.S. Lewis notes, their chest has been ripped out of them; and so we wonder why they have no heart. I fear Evangelicalism sells men short. It has little to offer them except something intellectual, emotional, or vocational. It doesn’t quite know what to do with a man’s spiritual, and in many ways, physical life. The movie made that evident, loud and clear.

Practices You Can Engage to Journey in the Battle 

  1. Ask for God’s mercy on all people, situations, and yourself. Leave the results to the only wise and loving God.
  2. Seek God alone not what He can give. Seek His heart not His hand. As you find His heart you find His hand.
  3. Allow your circumstances to shape your heart, soul, mind, and relationships. Don’t fight them. Learn what God is “up to” in them.
  4. Battle your own ego. The greater war is within yourself not outside yourself. “Put to death what is earthly in you…” (Colossians 3.5-10)

I hope this movie inspires people to take a hard look at prayer. I hope it spurns on conversations about prayer. I hope you will read future posts that will help you further strengthen your prayer life and your journey with God.

Was this post helpful? What questions do you have about prayer? Let me know with a comment below. 

Dr. K

5 Compelling Insights To Help You Suffer Well

The Good in Suffering Far Outweighs the Bad

The night before my daughter left for college, a drunk driver rammed his truck into the wall of my church office destroying furniture, books, and other treasures. After Jenna and Rhonda drove away the next morning, I went to my bedroom and bawled like a baby. I had never been so low. So much of what I loved was gone. Yet, there are certainly far worse situations humans endure these days: from innocent people trekking hundreds of miles to escape death by ISIS to a husband painfully watching his wife succumb to the torment of cancer. Suffering is everywhere. In fact, everyone suffers in some way. How are you suffering right now?

Suffering is a reality you can’t escape. Since that is the case, you can learn to accept the suffering that comes your way with these insights:

  • Suffering is a basic element of life. Life is always a struggle. Suffering is all around us. Moses writes, The years of our life are seventy, or even by reason of strength eighty; yet their span is but toil and trouble…(Psalm 90.10).
  • Suffering unites you to other human beings. You relate to the suffering of others. As you help those who suffer, your lives connect. This is how you truly come alive.

Troubles are usually the brooms and shovels that smooth the road to a good man’s fortune; and many a man curses the rain that falls upon his head, and knows not that it brings abundance to drive away hunger.”  St. Basil the Great (330-379)

  • Suffering is a means to know God.  That I may know him…and the participation of his sufferings, being made like him in his death (Philippians 3.10). Suffering is the vocation of every Christian. To love Jesus Christ is to suffer as he did.

Or doest thou wish to go a way which is especially for thee, without suffering? the way unto God is a daily cross. No one can ascend unto heaven with comfort, we know where the way of comfort leads.” St. Isaac the Syrian (613-700)

  • Suffering is the path to life. Jesus did not ascend to the Father’s right hand without first being glorified through His suffering and death on the cross. In union with Christ, the Christian has the great grace to know that he or she is able to suffer, as well. Your ordinary life can be incorporated into Christ’s sufferings as you offer them up to Christ.

In place of death, God gives healing through suffering. Suffering is God’s way of healing the soul of its sinful leprosy and its death. St. Nikolai Valimirovich  (1880-1956)

  • Suffering is the cure for joylessness.  Rejoice inasmuch as you are parktakers of Christ’s sufferings: that when his glory shall be revealed, you may be glad also with exceeding joy (1 Peter 4.13). Genuine Christian joy is to be discovered in sharing in the sufferings of Christ. Joy is best known in your suffering when you see Christ is suffering with you.

When suffering comes, resist the urge to make things better. Don’t try to fix anything. Sit with the suffering for there is Christ.

How are you suffering? How will you respond to your suffering in light of what you have read here? Can you share with a comment below?  

Dr. K

The Way of Christ: Struggling with Your Own Unworthiness

By Mike Brown, Guest Blogger

Keep your mind in hell and despair not.

–A word from God given to St Silouan, an Eastern Orthodox Monk. (1866-1938)

For seven years I served as a pastor on a staff of a church in Colorado. As I engaged in pastoral ministry, I could feel myself slowly slipping into despair. As an extreme introvert I never felt relational enough to be a pastor. I often thought that my personality might impede the growth of this church. The despair went deeper with my own struggles with temptation and sin. “I am making no progress toward Christ-likeness,” I lamented. “I have no experiential authority to preach ‘victory over the flesh’ to this congregation. I am completely unworthy of God.”

Meet St. Silouan
Simeon Ivanovich Antonov (St. Silouan) was a poet and monk of the St. Panteleimon Monastery on Mt. Athos. For more than 15 years he battled evil spirits. On his own, even through fervent prayer, he could not defeat the evil spirit-induced temptations and thoughts that tormented him day and night. Finally, God said to him, “The proud always suffer from devils.” And then, “Keep your mind in hell and despair not.” This ultimately freed Simeon from his despair over his perceived inability to be worthy of God as he sought “prayer with a pure mind.”

What is the Way of Christ?
The only way of salvation is the Way of Christ. The first Christians were known as those “belonging to the Way” (Acts 9:2), referring to the Way of Christ (“I am the Way…” John 14:6). This is the same Way, believes the ancient Church, spoken of prophetically by Jeremiah (6:16).

The Way of Christ includes emptying yourself (kenosis, Philippians 2:7). This means dying to any part of you that considers yourself worthy of God’s saving grace. To consider yourself worthy of God in any sense is to allow pride into your life and, like God told Simeon, to continue to “suffer from devils.” The Way of Christ requires that you do the hard work of descending with Him into the hell of your own unworthiness by admitting that hell is where you deserve to be. Only then can you ascend into heaven with Him by His grace (1Peter 3:18-20).

By not thinking more of yourself than you ought (Romans 12:3), you begin walking on the ancient path, the Way of Christ, learning to empty yourself. By the teaching of the Spirit, you very slowly learn to live in the tension between the heart-wrenching pain of your unworthiness before the One you love on one hand and hope in His great mercy on the other. This what is meant by keeping your mind in hell and despairing not.

As this truth begins to work its way into your life you begin to feel the earliest fruits of being set free. It is hard work. It is a descent into the hell to admit your own unworthiness in every aspect of your life.

I am learning to awake each morning praying, “Today I begin again.”

If you are unsure of how to begin to follow the Way of Christ, to keep your mind in hell yet despair not, then pray the prayer of St Basil the Great (330-379).

I, although unworthy both of heaven and of earth and of this temporary life, even I, a wretched sinner who has given myself over to every evil desire, despair not of salvation, though I have been wholly subject to sin, a slave to passion, and have defiled Your image within me, who am Your work. I trust in Your infinite compassion…

How does your own unworthiness factor into your relationship with God? Share your thoughts below or ask a question.

The Greatest Life Possible is Eternal Life (Eternal Life, Final Post)

Participating in God's Life in You Makes All the Difference

I ate lunch at a Subway this week. (I like their tuna sandwich.) I found a gospel tract on the sink in the bathroom entitled “Where Are You Going to Spend Eternity?” I brought it home thinking I might learn something. In the fifth paragraph I read, “He now wants to give you a home in heaven. ‘…the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord’ (Romans 6:23).” I learned that “eternal life” = “a home in heaven” according to Fellowship Tract League. If you’ve hung with me the past few posts, you know I once thought that. But what I thought then wasn’t the half of it.

Why Eternal Life?

With eternal life you are given the essential source and capacity to live in the Life of the Trinity. You are given the life you need to be a Christian. You are empty and dead without it.

What is Eternal Life? 

Eternal life is God’s life actively living in you. Eternal life, according to Jesus, is about knowing/experiencing the Father and the Son. Eternal life is living in such a way that you experience the life of the Father and Son by the Holy Spirit.

This understanding puts a new perspective on scriptural references to eternal life.

The one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. (Galatians 6.8)

Take hold of the eternal life to which you you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. (1 Timothy 6.12)

If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, then you too will abide in the Son and in the Father. And this is the promise that he made to us – eternal life. (1 John 2.23-25)

And this is the testimony, that God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life. (1 John 5.11)

Keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life. (Jude 1.21)

How to Participate in The Life of the Trinity in You 

1. Trust in the Son (John 6.47)

2. Sow to the Spirit (Galatians 6:8) Continually plant your life into the soil of God’s life and die. Eventually, you will harvest His life in you.

3. Abide in the Son and in the Father (John 15.1-17, 1 John 2.23-25) “Abiding” is a dynamic, synergistic relationship of union and life with the Trinity.

4. Eat the living Bread and drink the True Drink “Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life.” (John 6.48-58)

5. Take hold of eternal life (1 Timothy 6.12) Grasp eternal life for all its worth! Learn it! Love it! Live it!

For practical ways to live out the “hows,” keep reading my posts. You can journey with me as we discover how to live in the life of the Trinity in everyday life.

How will you start or continue living your “eternal life?” Share below or ask a question. 

Dr. K 

8 Amazing Results of Being Possessed by Eternal Life

God's Life in You Impacts Every Part of Your Life

Why am I so passionate about “eternal life?” Because if I live in its reality, then everything…and I mean everything… in my life radically alters and transforms. This is the kind of revolutionary conversion my miserable flesh and mind cries out for. I need what only the life of the Father and Son by the Spirit can do. Enough of the ineffective bandaid approaches! Give me Life! Are you with me?

Are you able to believe the concept of eternal life as God actively living in you? Great! Now, begin doing what you can to live it. Thinking about electricity is not the same as learning how to let it make a difference in your home. God makes His Life available so you can experience it.

Personal Beginnings 

So, when I sit in quiet solitude knowing the stirring of God’s life in me, I experience a little taste of eternal life now. When I am anxious with pirated concerns, I begin to sense the wind of his life in me. When I struggle with envious thoughts, harsh judgments, or selfish impatience (don’t get me started on how often this happens), the energy of God happens. Thankfully, it is always operating and producing some kind of a difference.

Look What Eternal Life Does for You

Experiencing the life of the Father and the Son being lived in you brings about:

  • Cleansing – As God lives in you, He purifies you. He does housecleaning in the home where He resides.
  • Healing – As God lives in you, He mends and rejuvenates your fragmented heart and mind.
  • Communion – As God lives in you, He makes possible an intimacy of love and peace in the Trinity.
  • Guidance  – As God lives in you, He gives you the ability to rely upon His holy will.
  • Joy – As God lives in you, His joy becomes your joy.
  • Compassion – As God lives in you, He provides the love you need to meet the needs of others, love your enemies, and forgive those who harm you.
  • Strength & Wisdom to Struggle Well – As God lives in you, His power and help is made available so you can persevere in any trial and heartache. You are enabled to resist all temptation and corruption of this life.

And a “Biggie”…

  • God’s Workings – As God lives in you, He lives grace, mercy, love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, self-control, faithfulness, gentleness and goodness. These actions are not entities, products, substances, or “things.” They are activities of God within your soul. For example, grace is God’s activity within your soul. Since only God possesses these in Himself, only He can work them out in your life. He does so by the working of the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5.16-24).

I will conclude my reflections on Eternal Life in my next post on “how” to live more fully in God’s life.

How is God’s life in you showing itself? In what ways do you desire His life to me be more of your life? Share your thoughts below. 

Dr. K

Living a Life Worth Living (Eternal Life, Part 4)

Eternal Life is About Knowing the Father and the Son

In almost all my years as a struggling Christian, I perceived “eternal life” as something God gave me that I possessed. It guaranteed that I would live in heaven after I died. It was my key to get me into heaven. All I had to do was present it at the pearly gates and I’d be let in – like the special day at the fair where they’d let you in if you brought a bag of canned goods for the local food bank. But, the reality that eternal life is actually a life that begins now and is lived on earth has been growing in me the past 5-6 years.

Possessing Eternal Life

This is where it gets fun. You do not possess eternal life. Eternal life possesses you. Yet, when it possesses you, you possess it. It begins to possess you as you, by faith, begin to know God. Eternal life possesses you more and more as you continue to know God, by faith, in loving obedience, abiding prayer, intimate communion, and intentional struggle. Then, you grow to know this kind of life and begin to live it yourself. It becomes you.

So, as it turns out, you do possess this life as this life possesses you.

Jesus’ Take on Eternal Life

How does Jesus describe eternal life?

This is eternal life, that they may know you the only true God,

and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. John17.3

Eternal ife, according to Jesus, is about knowing the Father and the Son. Eternal life is living in such a way that you experience the life of the Father and Son.

Notice that Jesus did not say that eternal life is knowing about the Father and Son. That’s how many evangelicals understand Jesus’ words. They fill their life with information about God. Nor does Jesus say that eternal life is feeling close to the Father and Son. Eternal life is not an emotional experience. It is certainly not wrong to have information or to feel something about God. But they are not what Jesus is talking about.

How to Begin Experiencing the Father and the Son

So, how can you experience the life of the Father and Son? Here’s a hint: death and struggle, quietness and humility. These are subjects for future posts.

Here’s what you can do now:

1. Begin developing a better understanding of eternal life. Re-read these posts on eternal life.

2. Ask God to correct your thoughts and purify your heart in order to know Him.

3. Be attentive to God’s activity in you. He is already at work in your heart, mind, soul, and relationships. Open the eyes of your heart to see His vitality operating everywhere.

Life is worth living as God’s life becomes your life.

How do you see God at work in you? Comment below or ask a question.

Dr. K