Today we are on Chapter five of our online Bible study of Lisa Whittle’s book: Behind Those Eyes. Check out Lelia’s blog for more insightful and thought-provoking discussion on this chapter entitled Ms. Spirituality.
This chapter is all about that woman we all know who “is determined to show people just how spiritual she is, and she knows exactly how to go about doing just that.” (p.77)
We’ve all met this sweet, lost soul. I daresay I have been her at times. This is the one who makes us all feel inadequate in our spiritual lives just by what she does before 9 a.m.!
I know plenty of women who are busy for the Lord for the RIGHT reasons, but Lisa is quick to point out that for Ms. Spirituality, “It’s a role that is played when it is deemed necessary to impress someone, yet it holds no real depth whatsoever.” (p. 79)
After reading this chapter, I felt oddly unsettled. I must admit, I felt sorry for Ms. Spirituality. I felt we were judging her too harshly. Reading about her in this light makes her a sympathetic character to me. When in fact, the Ms. Spiritualities that I have known are far too annoying in real life for me to expend sympathy on.
What does that say about me?
I’m just as judgemental as the next person.
Think about it. Can I imagine serving God, doing my Bible study, having my quiet time, seeking, serving, loving…etc. without that sense of intimacy that is so heady, so intoxicating that it keeps me coming back for more, more, more?!
No. I cannot.
This person is to be pitied. And prayed for. And loved into a REAL relationship with her Savior.
I think these things come in stages and develop over time. That said, I have met some very young ladies who have taught me what it means to have a passionate love affair with the Lord. (read about one here).
The more my relationship with God grows, the easier I find it to leave behind the Christianese, and the usual expectations that Christians face. I love the quote from Ravi Zacharias that Lisa shares, “It is not about a ritual; it is about a relationship…”
And do you know what? The more I focus on my relationship with the Lord, the more the rituals mean to me.
Does that make sense? When our hearts are engaged, there is meaning in the tiniest of actions. As Brother Lawrence said, “ I can turn an omelet in the pan for my Lord.”
I entitled this post “Deep” because that is where we need to go to truly experience God. It’s easy for me to say, “Yeah, Yeah, Jesus died for me. Sure I believe that.” But what does that really mean to me?
If I had a flesh and blood friend who gave her life for me, wouldn’t I honor that sacrifice? Wouldn’t I do everything in my power to tell others how special that friend was? Wouldn’t I have a Deep regard for that person? Wouldn’t it change me somehow?
Our Pastor said in his sermon this week, “To be touched by the Gospel is to be changed. We cannot help being changed when we encounter Jesus Christ.”
Oh, Dear Ones! Let the transformation permeate your inward and your outward countenance! Do not let your flesh get in the way!
I struggle with this every day. But when I let go and fall into the arms of my Beautiful Lord, Oh, the joy!
Thank you again, Lisa, for stirring me.
Love to you all.