WE HAVE BEING because God has given us existence, and we never stray far from that connection—if we are capable of straing at all. We honor this connection with God by seeking a penitential and spiritual life.
“How is it with your spirit?” This question evokes a response about how we live in the presence of the One in who we “live and move and have our being.”
Do we seek the presence of God daily?
How do we honor God with our work and vocation?
How do our lives testify to the good news of Jesus Christ?
I can honestly answer these questions more clearly on some days than others.
The good news is that we are being made perfect in love. Through the power of God in Jesus Christ, each of us is empowered to live in the presence of God, to praise the Creator through our work and vocation, and in every moment testify to the good news of Jesus Christ. some people call this discipleship.
Following Jesus means we learn to live fully in God’s presence, the God who gives us life and does so in the midst of all that life throws at us.
- Matthew W. Charlton
The Upper Room Disciplines
From “Presence” by Matthew W. Charlton, page 160 in The Upper Room Disciplines 2011: A Book of Daily Devotions. Copyright © 2010 by Upper Room Books. All rights reserved. Used by permission. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.
How is it with your spirit? Share your thoughts.
In the last days it will be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams.
Acts 2:17, NRSV
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This week we remember Bede (May 25).
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