A Quote About Spiritual Disciplines

April 18, 2012 § Leave a comment

“Spiritual disciplines are provided for our good, not for our bondage.  They are privileges to be used, not duties to be performed… But the spiritual disciplines are fertile ground for legalistic thinking.  They can easily become a performance measurement by which we gauge whether to expect God’s blessing or not.  If I’ve been doing pretty well, having a regular quiet time, studying my Bible, and so on, then I’m hopeful about God’s blessing.  But if I’ve not been doing so well – then, I might as well go back to bed… I do think we should actively promote spiritual disciplines.   They are absolutely necessary for growth in our Christians lives.  But we should promote them as benefits, not as duties.  Perhaps we should stop talking about being ‘faithful’ to have a quiet time with God each day, as if we were doing something to earn a reward.  It would be better to talk about the privilege of spending time with the God of the universe and the importance for our own sake being consistent in that practice… We need to teach grace before commitment, because grace understood and embraced will always lead to commitment.  But commitment required will always lead to legalism.”

Jerry Bridges, Transforming Grace, pg. 127-128

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