Though I was disappointed that our guide missed most of the spiritual connections that emanate from the Holy Land, as I have reflected back on the experience it occurs to me that he was not that much different from many Christians who only show up at church for Easter and Christmas services. They come and get a little taste of spirituality, and then go back to their daily lives thinking they have done their religious duty. Though they are sincere in those brief moments, they do not carry that sincerity with them when the experience is over. When Christians do that, they are just like that tour guide, having a spiritual moment only when it is convenient. With all due respect to our guide and to Christians who are like him, I wonder how meaningful that kind of faith really is.For reflection and discussion:
Have we ever been guilty of seeking a quick spiritual experience instead of pursuing an ongoing spiritual relationship?Read Matthew 23:25-28.
What were the Pharisees guilty of doing?What did Jesus tell them to do?
How are we like the Pharisees when we pursue quick spiritual experiences instead of pursuing ongoing righteousness?Prayer: Lord, help me to make the time and effort to develop my personal spirituality. Lord, bring peace to Jerusalem by helping the residents focus on lasting spirituality instead of temporary experiences. Amen.
Note: the above is an excerpt from Terry's devotional guide Touching the Footprints of Jesus.