These days I think a lot about spiritual formation. Many people do, since it has become kind of in vogue.
In Christ Plays in Ten Thousand Places, Eugene Peterson defines this as “primarily what the Spirit does, forming the resurrection life of Christ in us.” This work has already begun in Christ (i.e., Eph 2:4-7), but we are called ever more into this resurrection life in Christ by the Spirit.
Spiritual formation = formed by the Spirit.
I’m convinced the healthiest way to move toward spiritual formation is first of all heeding the call to slow down.
It’s nearly impossible to do this in our world. Everything—including the church—is about moving faster, doing more, doing bigger and better. Even if we do not hear those exact words, we feel the narrative that our culture is telling us. It seeps out of every nook and cranny.
It is all exhausting. We know it. We’ve been there.
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