BE. BECOME. DO. - What Jesus Means by Discipleship - "Be With Jesus" [Ryan Ashley]
John 1:35-39, John 1:43-49, John 1:43-49, John 1:43-49,
John 15:1-8, Galatians 5:13-26
Our primary goal as followers of Jesus is learning to live in a constant state of connection to the Spirit. This is how we are able to be with Jesus, our Rabbi. We must invite him into every moment and learn to always be in two places at once. How do we bring his presence into the routine of your daily life? And, how do we accomplish that in the chaos of the urban, digital world? It’s pretty straightforward: to experience the life of Jesus, we must adopt the lifestyle of Jesus.
The first and primary goal of apprenticeship to Jesus is learning to live in a constant state of awareness of the connection to the Holy Spirit.
“The time of business does not with me differ from the time of prayer; and in the noise and the clatter of my kitchen, while several persons are at the same time calling for different things, I possess God in as great tranquility as if I were upon my knees before the Blessed Sacrament.”
“The first and most basic thing we can and must do is to keep God before our minds… This is the fundamental secret of caring for our souls. Our part in this practicing the presence of God is to direct and redirect our minds constantly to him. In the early time of our “practicing” we may well be challenged by our burdensome habits of dwelling on things less than God.
But these are habits – not the law of gravity – and can be broken. A new grace-filled habit will replace the former ones as we take intentional steps toward keeping God before us. Soon our minds will return to God as the needle of a compass constantly returns to the North. If God is the great longing of our souls, He will become the pole star of our inward beings.”
“It is unlikely that we will deepen our relationship with God in a casual or haphazard manner. There will be a need for some intentional commitment and some reorganization in our own lives. But there is nothing that will enrich our lives more than a deeper and clearer perception of Gods presence in the routine of daily living.”