3MN: How to become a saint in one step.

3MN: How to become a saint in one step.

Happy Thursday!

In the next 3 minutes:

  1. You won't wake up and be a saint.
  2. Are spiritual discipline worth doing?
  3. How to become a saint in your lifetime.

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Minute 1 - There are no accidental saints.

I have been thinking a lot about formation lately. The idea that we are all being formed into something or someone all the time.

Put another way, there are no accidental saints.

I think all genuine Christians want to live in Christlikeness (to be like Christ), but are disheartened that there is no subscription they can buy or magic pill they can take to acquire it.

Nobody wakes up one day when they are 55 and says, "Would you look at that, I'm a saint now!" There is not a single person who accidentally lives out the ethical principles of the Sermon on the Mount.

Christlikeness is a choice to be made today and every day after. You will have to apprentice under Jesus and slog through the grueling requirements of his way of life.

Minute 2 - Spiritual disciplines do nothing on their own.

These Christlike choices are often called practices of the way or spiritual disciplines. These are the practices of Jesus that are adopted by his followers.

One of the best thinkers on spiritual disciplines was the late Richard Foster, who says about spiritual disciplines,

A farmer is helpless to grow grain; all he can do is provide the right conditions for the growing of grain. He cultivates the ground, he plants the seed, he waters the plants, and then the natural forces of the earth take over and up comes the grain...This is the way it is with the Spiritual Disciplines - they are a way of sowing to the Spirit... By themselves the Spiritual Disciplines can do nothing; they can only get us to the place where something can be done. Celebration of Discipline: The Path to Spiritual Growth

Minute 3 -  How do you become a saint?

The answer is simple: by doing the next right thing.

What's the next right thing for you?

  • To step into the waters of baptism?
  • Join a Christian community?
  • Explore a new practice of faith?
  • Bring an addiction into the light?

Or are you ready to offer a simple prayer to God, even though you still have a lot of unanswered questions? For the first time, you want to want him.

Start there.

Jesus has never met anyone anywhere other than where they actually are.

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Remember: Small changes lead to lasting breakthroughs. Reply to this email and let me know how it went for you.

VERSE OF THE WEEK

I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow. So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. 1 Corinthians 3:6-7


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See you next Thursday,

Payton Minzenmayer

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