My Spiritual Formation Journey (part 2)

March 23, 2012 — Leave a comment

Allowing myself to get spiritually off center on a regular basis is going to have a terrible impact on Jesus’ ministry here on earth that I do. Jesus’ ministry is not going to look good or be effective.

Prayer and Spiritual Formation
When I am not centered in my spiritual life five things happen:

  1. I have less patience
  2. I am more irritable
  3. I allow resistance to stop me when it normally does not
  4. I do not think as clearly on decisions
  5. I do not enjoy work as much

These things sometimes lead me to make decisions that I should not such as treating people poorly and not managing my money well.

In others words, when I am not spiritually centered I am a terrible example of a Christian and an even worse Christian Leader. Fernando describes what my life looks like and the negative impact it could have if I stay in a place where I am not spiritually centered when he writes, “Christian leaders are failing in the way they live and are bringing great dishonor to Christ. Perhaps the greatest need in the training of leaders today is to provide guidelines to help them live as biblical men and women.”[1] If I do not maintain my time with God I might end up in this category of Christian leaders.

This would mean that I eventually lose my influence as a Christian leader, and that is something I definitely do not want to allow to happen. If I become irritable and have less patience with people working on my team I will eventually lose my influence with them. I have treated people that way before for a short time and it is not good. I do not like who I become when I am not centered, and I know that others do not like who I am either. Because of the potential for this failure it is vitally important I maintain the practices and attitudes that help me to stay spiritually centered and driven to do Jesus’ ministry.

Question: What does your work/ministry look like when you are not centered?

[1] Ajith Fernando, Jesus Driven Ministry, 14.

Christopher L. Scott

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Christopher Scott is Small Groups Pastor at Rocky Hilly Community Church in Exeter, CA. He has more than ten years of experience leading volunteers, running nonprofit programs, and teaching the Bible in small group settings. He holds a bachelor's degree from Fresno Pacific University and master's degree from Dallas Theological Seminary.

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