January Reflections: Discussing Devotion

I am going to join a group of bloggers this month in January Reflections, learn more at “The Glorious Impossible.” The prompt I chose today (admittedly, modified) is:

What are my sources for spiritual growth and renewal and what related discussions do I have with my husband after reading?

For two or three years now, Rick and I have loved reading from our daily Tabletalk devotionals from Ligonier Ministries. This morning, our reading  was from Colossians 1: 15-23 which includes these verses:

“He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.  For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible…all things were created through him and for him.”

We started getting into a really meaningful discussion about what it really means to have a proper view of God and to radiate that view in our lives…it is not enough to merely admire God as Christians.  We were shown from Tabletalk that if we really are living with a proper view of God, we will want to live with a spirit of worship and complete adoration.  Our view of Him will show itself in how we talk about our faith in our day to day existence.

For example, Rick and I were discussing how we might safely talk of our faith as “something meditative” or “something that makes our life better” and this would sound great to anyone, regardless of their faith.  But, is this really articulating the truth of scripture and is this sort of safe explanation giving any glory or honor to God?  Is it worshiping Him?  Sadly, we decided it could not.  Any explanation we give of our faith that avoids speaking about God as our “God incarnate, who rules over all” is not verbalizing a proper view of Him.  We can describe just another spirituality or we can describe a life of worship to our God who is so much greater than anything in heaven or earth and who deserves all our worship, our whole selves.

Practically speaking, we decided that living out a more worshipful view of God can start at home, with Rick and I and in how we talk to our children.  When I see Rick remaining calm in the face of adversity, instead of saying, “Wow, you’re so strong” I should say something like, “I really see God working through you to give you the strength you need to get through this time.”  Or when the kids get a new toy, instead of saying, “Aren’t you so lucky” I should say something that reminds them of their great provider like, “God blessed you with this new toy!  Everything that we have is from Him!  Isn’t He so good?!”   We decided living out a more worshipful expression of faith in the home is the most important place to start.

I hope I am not sound legalistic or preachy or like I am describing a faith mandated by certain actions.  I am simply excited about what we read this morning and feel certain that any reading that would encourage Rick and I to have a greater, more worshipful view of God is nothing to ignore. After all, He has done so many mighty works in our lives and in this world…and how often do we give honor to man or chance or luck or human intelligence…instead of to Him?

I fear, too often, He is completely stripped of the honor that belongs solely to Him.

“In my life be lifted high.  In my world, be lifted high.  In our love, by lifted high!”

-Hillsong

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5 Responses to January Reflections: Discussing Devotion

  1. Grace says:

    Susanna,
    I like that idea of “God blessed you with this toy.” I also try to not be wishy-washy when people ask me about what I believe…it’s so easy to be generic about who God is and what we believe.

  2. Sounds great! I have alway enjoyed reading from Tabletalk too. So much of teaching our kids and establishing a Christ-honoring home, is wording. I was reminded of this this morning, as I felt frustrated by some of the kids’ antics, and was reminded of how I teach them self-control. Through speaking with self-control. And apologizing to them, when I am living in exasperation.

  3. bchallies says:

    Sounds good to me!

  4. corrin says:

    I love the way you two think through these things together.

    Wanted to let you know that the 4th set of prompts for January Reflections is ready. If you’d like to get these via email every Mon. and Wed. visit the http://www.thegloriousimpossible.com and scroll to the bottom of the page. Under “Subscribe” click on “Subscribe by email.” You’ll then get an email every time I post to my blog. Blessings, Corrin

  5. Kathryn says:

    I enjoy Table Talk too, only it’s been years now since I’ve subscribed. Maybe it’s time to start up again. Do you and your husband do devotions together every day? That is something I’ve always wondered about doing and would love feedback in that regard

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