This week we are continuing our look at spiritual guidance as a corporate discipline. If you’ve been reading along in Celebration of Discipline you know that at this point, we are discussing the ways that the Holy Spirit can move within a group of believers to give direction. Richard Foster uses some pretty powerful examples of spiritual communities following the leading of the Holy Spirit to include the 1758 Society of Friends gathering in which John Woolman shared his deep conviction that slavery should be removed from their midst. His words were listened to and not only was the decision made to renounce slavery, but every member of their community that had slaves was asked to reimburse them for the amount of time they had spent in bondage. Through the Spirit’s guiding to repent and move away from slavery, the Quakers freed themselves completely from it.
The chapter goes on to talk about the role of spiritual directors, something that is more formalized within the Catholic monastic system than Protestantism. I think of a spiritual director as a sort of spiritual mentor – someone who is a step ahead in their journey and “walks the talk”. Foster brings out the point that spiritual direction can come from a variety of sources to include sermons and small group participation. The point is, do we have godly people who speak into our lives or are we trying to do this alone?
Today’s verse comes from 1 Corinthians 10:31:
“So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” (NLT)
As always, take a few minutes to read the verses surrounding it for context but the thing that I want to point out is that our lives are not segmented. We are spiritual beings living in physical bodies and we don’t have compartments that each part of our life fits into e.g. the work box, the family box, the God box, etc. It’s just our life. God wants to give us guidance for every single area of our lives. He is concerned with the whole of us, not just the piece we give Him on Sunday. When we yield all that we are to Him, we give those around us a glimpse of Jesus.
This week spend some time thinking about what role spiritual guidance has in your life. Do you bring God into every area, or just the ones that are on fire and need help? Do you have people in your life that you can see evidence of God’s work in? Are you that person for someone else?