“He [Jesus] went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom.”- Luke 4:16
“But let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No’ be ‘No.’ “- Mathew 5:37 (NKJV)
In Chapter 2 of Simplify Bill Hybels discusses several ways connecting with God can holistically benefit us.
1. Church attendance. Pastor Hybels makes a statement that, on the surface, might seem quite obvious- we need to be where God’s Word is taught regularly and weekly if we want to hear more from Him. When we’ve been hurt by God’s people, it’s all too easy to erect barriers between ourselves and
God. The author adds:
“If you want more of God’s direction and purpose in your life, you need to adopt the same weekly rhythm that Jesus practiced.”
2. Chair time. To feel closer to God or hear from Him through His Word, Pastor Hybels notes, we need to allocate purposeful time with God every day. A chair is any place where we can sit uninterrupted and meet God. Bill explains:
“Your chair time . . . should be purposeful and slow and protected from distraction, at a time of day that works best for you.”
3. Keep your word. As the author succinctly states, “let your yes be yes and your no be no in every area of your life.”
Where is your favorite place to spend chair time with God? Please share.
Tomorrow’s blog: “Financial stress”