OH!!! This series is messing with me… we sang the song “From the Inside Out” tonight in worship and I’m afraid that is exactly what has got to happen… God has got to do a renovation on this heart from the inside out.
Pete‘s message tonight was entitled “Syncing Through Solitude”. Here are the highlights… prepare to be rattled!!
- Two enemies of spiritual transformation are NOISE and HURRY
- If you really want Christ to be formed in your life you need to find ways to ruthlessly eliminate the noise in your life.
- The Method: Solitude
- Hurry is addictive. I choose hurry because it makes me feel important.
Henri Nouwen said:
“In solitude, I get rid of my scaffolding; no friends to talk with, no telephone calls to make, no meetings to attend, no music to entertain, no books to distract, just me – naked, vulnerable, weak, sinful, deprived, broken – nothing. It is this nothingness that I have to face in my solitude, a nothingness so dreadful that everything in me wants to run to my friends, my work, and my distractions so that I can forget my nothingness and make myself believe that I am worth something.”
- Luke 5:15-16, Romans 12:2
- Jesus was never in a hurry (and he had a lot to do).
- Jesus never did life in such a way that he lost his connection to God.
- In John 15:4-9 Jesus uses the word “remain” repeatedly, which can also be translated as ‘abide’
- Solitude is about removing yourself from society and solitude may look different for each of us.
What are some practical ways you can practice solitude this week? I would love to hear your thoughts because I’m having to define this for myself.