Saturday, October 10, 2020

Live, Jesus, in our hearts. Forever.

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I used to have a strict quiet time rule for myself, feeling that my quiet time was complete when I read X chapters of the Bible each day. I followed a four-chapter-a-day plan and found myself more focused on finishing the chapters than meditating on the Word. As long as I ticked the boxes on the reading plan, I thought it was okay. It was like following a walking-for-health plan, in which I had to log 10,000 steps on my pedometer and that was it.

But is that what quiet time really is? Is that what spiritual formation is - the goal of becoming more like Jesus Christ?

I do not see Jesus bringing out a checklist of scriptures to read each day, and then going about this routine as if He had finished his spiritual formation goal for the day.

I read the Book of John this month to observe how Jesus dealt with people, how he lived. If I am a Christ-follower, then I must know his lifestyle. Thinking of the Book of John, the other gospels and the New Testament in general, I never read any verse that required a quiet time of 30 minutes or one hour daily.

I have read about Jesus spending a lot of time in prayer, about the disciples examining the scriptures to see if the preachers are accurately citing it. 

I have read about Jesus asking the disciples if they can watch and pray for at least one hour instead of sleeping. I have read about Jesus singing hymns and talking to the people about salvation. In my recent study of the gospel of John, Jesus talked about salvation in almost every chapter.

Jesus prayed for the sick. He wept when Lazarus died even when he knew he was going to raise him from the dead. He got angry when businessmen did not give due respect to his Father's house.

He attended a wedding. He talked to an outcast woman. He healed persons with disabilities, one who could not walk and another who could not see. He fed thousands. He did something to ease suffering. He reasoned out so those religious leaders would not condemn a man who could not walk since birth. He saved a prostitute from being stoned to death. 

This is my Jesus. It takes more than ticking off a checklist of verses to be more like him. 

In La Salle College of Law, where I have been teaching for a decade, there is this one-line prayer that stays with me - "Live, Jesus, in our hearts. Forever." 

To be more like him is to let him reign  in our hearts.

Have a great day, my friends!


  1. Thank you for this very authentic description of Jesus. May we learn to consistently model Him in our daily goings. God bless your blogpost!

    1. Thank you for your comment. Live, Jesus, in our hearts, forever.