Is it possible to be fully alive? Is it possible to be fully alive towards God and towards others?
I not only think it’s possible, it’s what we’re created for and the example that Christ left us that we might follow in his steps.
Let’s pick up where we left off in Luke, to quickly get a feel for what’s it’s like for Jesus to be fully alive. Luke 6:17 – 9:18
[content_container max_width=’500′ align=’center’]Once when Jesus was praying in private and his disciples were with him, he asked them, “Who do the crowds say I am?” Luke 9:18[/content_container]
Principle of Isolation – Bring God with you.
How many times a day do you think about God? Sunday should be easy, what about the rest of the week?
Jesus gives us a hint here on how he was able to live fully alive. He prayed alone even when he was in a crowd.[pullquote align=”left”]Jesus prayed alone even when he was in a crowd. [/pullquote]
This is an interesting disciple to learn. We all live too busy lives. It helps us to see people as God sees them. It’s called Practicing the presence of God and it’s what helps us to be fully alive.
Brother Lawrence, a humble monk of the 16th century, authored a classic little book, The Practice of the Presence of God. For fifteen years, his responsibility was to wash greasy pots and pans in the monastery – a job he disliked. “
[pullquote align=”right” cite=”Brother Lawrence”]The most holy and necessary practice in our spiritual life is the presence of God. That means finding constant pleasure in His divine company…[/pullquote]”The most holy and necessary practice in our spiritual life is the presence of God. That means finding constant pleasure in His divine company…”
How can you practice the presence of God?
1. Begin Your Day With Intentionality
It’s amazing how this perspective can set the tone for a God-centered day.
2. Turn Complaints Into Cries Of Praise
Time is short. Stop complaining.
3. Turn Suffering Into Surrender
Suffering will always be a part of your life on earth. Draw closer to Jesus.
4. Turn the Mundane Into A Holy Moment
Use boredom as a catalyst for worship.
5. Lead Yourself In Worship
“My heart says of you, “Seek his face!” Your face, Lord, I will seek.” Psalm 27:8