One of the books that has had a positive impact on my relationship with Christ is: The Celebration of Discipline by Richard Foster. If you haven’t read the book, I recommend it. If you have read it, it’s worth reading again! Over the next few weeks I plan to read the book again, and then to do a blog post on each of the disciplines mentioned. The book is available on Amazon [link], and parts of it are on scribd [link].
Anyone can practice the disciplines. The only requirement is a longing for God. Do you want to know God better and deeper? The disciplines are for you. Their purpose is to draw you closer to Jesus, and to enable him to work more effectively in your life. The central goal of the disciplines is to help you seek God’s kingdom and his righteousness.
The moment we make our focus the disciplines themselves (instead of Christ), they becomes hindrances. They can lead to legalistic pride, and can change our focus to self work instead of God’s grace. But, if our purpose in studying and applying the disciplines is to allow Christ to better work in us, they can lead to an amazing and fruitful relationship in him.
The disciplines Foster writes about are:
The Corporate Disciplines
If you are like me, you may have a negative reaction to the idea of one or more of the above. Give them a chance. I hope you enjoy the series, that it clears up misconceptions, and that it challenges and motivates you to seek a deeper relationship with God.