Still Devoting?

This is about the time of year when many of us slip out of our healthier habits–working out, daily devotions, tithing, etc. Check out the chart below…this is a chart of daily devotions activity from 2007–courtesy of the ESV Bible blog. Stay strong sisters and brothers…stay strong!

Dr. Tim Spivey is Lead Planter of New Vintage Church in San Diego, California. He is the author of numerous articles and one book, "Jesus: The Powerful Servant." A sought after speaker for events, Tim also serves as Adjunct Professor of Religion at Pepperdine University. Tim serves as a church consultant, and his writings are featured on, Church Executive magazine, Faith Village, Sermon Central, and Giving Rocket.

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  1. I grew up knowing very, very little about the liturgical calendar and spiritual practices outside of our fellowship. Yet, when I look at how we as humans proceed through a physical year celebrating birthdays, anniversaries, and holidays, it appears that we benefit from having a rhythm to our year. Perhaps we would also benefit from observing a similar rhythm in our spiritual year. I agree it shouldn’t be imposed as a requirement, but perhaps exploring these ancient practices and their benefits rather than criticizing those who are “not like us” would provide an additional avenue for our own spiritual growth. After all, it was God himself who commanded the Israelites to celebrate special days and events as a way to remind his people of their history and to keep their hearts close to him.

  2. Timbo,
    I’m thankful for two millenia of wisdom that lay behind the practices of our brothers and sisters in the Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches. In every religion, there are some who use these practices as barometers for spirituality and measuring sticks for faithfulness and loyalty. This is not the original intent of Lent, any more than our consistent historical emphasis on Biblical knowledge was ever intended to be a barometer for faithfulness to God.
    Rather, in the worship of churches who fully engage the liturgical seasons such as Lent, I prefer to see a rich history of the spiritual walks of all those who have gone before me in Christ.
    What might happen if we added a humility before our Christian past to our passion for simplicity? I’d rather like to find out.

  3. Great thoughts, rtrr and Bobbie, but if we wish to introduce lent, perhaps we can soon then begin to elect popes, cardinals, require celibacy to become a priest, and other great “church” traditions. Granted, many of the seasons and holidays instituted by men do indeed help Christians seek God more deeply, but there is a beauty in the simlicity and purity of just focusing on the Word and the Author of the Word, instead of imposing countless requirements and traditions that we can then criticize others for not following. It is refreshing to hear of tales of transformation associated with lent observations, or Easter celebrations, or of the ones who never sought Christ until they saw some overt religious celebration – but I wonder how God views these, when He never desired for us to institute half of the things we do already. “I hate, I despise your feasts” comes to mind often when these discussions occur. If lent observation draws someone closer to the Lord, Praise God! But it is one thing for individuals to approach the Throne with human-instuted traditions, and it is completely another for us to add those to the Church. Praise the Lord for seasons of return to Christ – however they may occur!

  4. Bobbie, I need Lent and all the Liturgical seasons to help keep me on track. Could it possibly be time for us to begin introducing these historic practices into our churches? rtrr

  5. Hmmm…wonder if practicing going into the darkness of our own sinfulness and walking with Jesus to the cross might make a difference? To some that is called Lent.