There are lots thing out there vying for your attention; family, friends, media, internet. They all want you to act and think a certain way, but what is the “right way” to act? We have all heard the phrase WWJD, what would Jesus do, but with all these outside influences how can we figure that out?
I like Calhoun’s answer to this question “Biblical discernment involves more than good judgment, open doors, and decision-making skills. Right discernment arises out of a relationship with God in prayer. It is founded on the reality of the Holy Spirit’s presence within us” (Spiritual Disciplines Handbook). It’s more than what we know or “feel” it’s abiding in Christ, so we become more like Him and understand what He knows is right.
Your relationship with Christ is like the one you have with your best friend. You spend time together and understand each other. You pick up their quirks, you know how they are going to respond in certain situations, you know the best ways to talk with them, and they will be there for you no matter what. Christ will always be the perfect friend back to use even if we are not being our best self.
Just as you become more like and understand you best friend, so you will with Christ. It’s all about spending time together; through prayer, reading the Word, going to church, listening to a sermon, or any other Spiritual Discipline. Through these practices we can as Paul wrote “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect” (Romans 12:2).
-By Andrew, Program Coordinator