One must constantly be on the look out for danger signs in their spiritual health. Whether you have a built in meter to help with this, or you have a friend or spouse super willing to bring up stagnancy, which may lead to sin, spiritual health is critical. Holistically speaking our spiritual health is inexorably tied to our mental and physical health. So it is vital that we keep all parts of our beings maintained and running healthily.
In an effort to find fresh ways of feeding my soul, I have prayed and decided to audit a class at DenSem called “Reading the Spiritual Masters.” It is my goal to really stick with it as most MDiv grads who do an audit like this tend to fall off pretty quickly when there is no risk on the line.
One of the reasons I chose this class is the prof. Howard Baker is a really cool man who has helped shape some of my faith practices.
I have already received the books and begun to meditate on some of the material. One of the books is a tractate titled “Golden Booklet of the True Christian Life” by John Calvin (I’ll call it GBTCL from now on). Typically John Calvin is not one of my more favorite reads. First, they are usually more of a magnum opus and secondly, the interpreters of his French and Latin don’t work for my sophomoric mind. However this small volume is interpreted more palatably for my vocabulary.
A long introduction to a short paragraph about scripture:
The goal of the new life is that God’s children exhibit melody and harmony in their conduct. What melody? The song of God’s justice. What harmony? The harmony between god’s righteousness and our obedience.
Only if we walk in the beauty of God’s law do we become sure of our adoption as children of the Father.
The law of God contains in itself the dynamic of the new life by which his image is fully restored in us; but by nature we are sluggish, and therefore we need to be simulated, aided in our efforts by a guiding principle.
A sincere repentance from the heart does not guarantee that we shall not wander from the straight path and sometimes become bewildered.
Let us then search scripture to find the root principle for the reformation of our life.
In the words of the most interesting man in the world, “Stay thirsty my friends.”