Today I thought I’d share one of my favorite pictures with you. It is a picture o a woman with a secret that brings her so much joy.
We can all think of people of certain religious organizations or “tribes” who can be recognised right away by their clothing: Catholic and Orthodox priests and nuns; Amish and Mennonite sects with their plain clothes, caps, and aprons; conservative Pentecostals whose women wear long hair and long skirts. These are outward expressions of inward convictions. Their effect is to make others aware of who or what the person wearing such things is serving. A little like a military uniform.
I bet that these clothes also serve as a reminder to the person wearing them about their own identity… about whom or what they serve.
I am not advocating that we adopt a uniform or “habit” to identify ourselves to the world. But I think it would be helpful if we developed “habits” that we use everyday to gird ourselves for our journey.
Remember that old song: “They will Know We Are Christians By Our Love?” That love only comes by developing the “habit” of spending time with Jesus. And by “habit,” I mean spending time consistently …ie)habitually with Him. And doing all the things we need to do to stay spiritually focused and healthy.
Jesus himself had good spiritual habits and customs. St. Luke describes these several times.
And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read. Luke 4:16
And it came to pass in those days, that he went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God. Luke 6: 12 KJV
And again in Mark 1:35, Jesus takes personal time for prayer:
And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed.
Jesus loved to spend time with His Father. It was necessary to His ministry on earth. Matthew 14:23
And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone.
Jesus told us to follow Him. If we are going to do that, shouldn’t we stop at the very places that He stopped? The solitary place of prayer and renewal? If the Lord Jesus needed prayer time; if He set aside time to seek His Father; how much more do WE need the same? Shouldn’t His customs be our customs?
Heavenly Father, we don’t want empty “habits,” and meaningless rituals. We want customs like Jesus. Customs that feed us and transform us into your likeness and love. Fill us with desire and determination to follow on with YOU. In Jesus’ Name;