One Desire, Two Devotions, Four Goals
One Desire:“Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you.” (James 4:8)
A Christian’s One Desire is to draw near to God; to have a deeper communion with Christ. This can only be accomplished by God’s grace, through the power of the Holy Spirit.
Two Devotions:“But we will devote ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word.” (Acts 6:4)
We achieve our One Desire of closer communion with Christ through the Two Devotions: Prayer and the Word of God
Four Goals:“For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that you might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; That you might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work , and increasing in the knowledge of God;” -Colossians 1:9-10
Closer communion with God is of the utmost necessity and benefit in all ways in the daily taking up of our cross to follow Christ. In manifesting the fruit of the Holy Spirit in our lives. In reaching toward the Four Goals that the Apostle Paul spoke of in Colossians 1:9-10, that together encompass all areas of our life in Christ, and that I refer to as: (Right Life), (Right Belief), (Right Practice), (Right Ministry)
- Right Life (orthozoe): Zoe means spiritual life: “The kind of life that is in God himself.” Summarized by Receiving Christ (John 1:12) and Walking in the Spirit (Romans 8:1-39). Our conversion experience and our continuing Christian life. Christ in us…us in Christ.
- Right Belief (orthodoxia): Orthodoxy. God’s revelation to man of The Holy Scriptures. Basic essential Christian teaching. Summarized by the pastiche of Holy Scripture known as The Nicene Creed.
- Right Practice (orthopraxis): Summarized by “Be ye holy; for I am holy.” (I Peter 1:16), by The Fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23), and by The Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:1-17).
- Right Ministry (orthodiakonia): “Lord, what would you have me do today?” Summarized by The Great Commission (Mark 16:15) and by Proverbs 3:5-6.