The Way of Jesus – Slowing

March 24, 2024 / Jon Keel

Why the hurry?

Dallas Willard once called hurry “.”

Hurry is incompatible with the way of Jesus. The love, joy, and peace that form the nucleus of Jesus’ kingdom are all impossible in a life of speed.

John Mark Comer

Jesus is open to interruption, relaxed, present, calm, wise, attentive, and compassionate. Our fast-paced culture is not aligned with the pace of Jesus’ kingdom.

How’s your ‘Walk’ with Jesus?

“We walk by , not by ” (2 Corinthians 5:7).

“We are created in Christ Jesus for , which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them” (Ephesians 2:10).

Walk in , as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us” (Ephesians 5:2).

Walk in a manner of the Lord” (Colossians 1:10).

Walk in toward outsiders, making the best use of the time” (Colossians 4:5).

In short, we “walk by the ” (Galatians 5:16).

Live slowly enough to think deeply about God
Jim Packer

Practical Suggestions for Slowing Down:

  1. Slow your  – Intentionally slow down your pace, be present, and engage with God and others.
  2. Make  – Cut back or eliminate activities that contribute to busyness and hurry.
  3. Address addiction – Turn off notifications, establish boundaries with technology, and prioritise time with God.

To slow, Hurry to Jesus:

“they went with and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger” (Luke 2:16)

“Zacchaeus, and come down, for I must stay at your house today”. “So [Zacchaeus] and came down and received him ” (Luke 19:5-6).

Take a moment to slow

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you . 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find for your souls. 30 For my yoke is and my burden is .” Matt 11:28-30

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