In this series of posts, I am sharing some short thoughts from each chapter of Dallas Willard’s book The Great Omission and then some brief personal reflections.
Chapter Thirteen: Christ-Centered Piety
Willard continues to beat the drum that if we want to experience transformation, we must use God’s grace, not to try harder, but train wiser through the spiritual disciplines with as Christ as our teacher, for this is Christ-centered piety.
I think that the spiritual disciplines are an important part of our training to become more like Christ, though I think in the West we tend to over emphasize the individual approach and under emphasize the communal approach. When it comes to the spiritual disciplines, you might appreciate the series I wrote entitled Developing a Rhythm of Life. In that series I quote Marjorie Thompson’s definition of a rule or rhythm of life, it “is a pattern of spiritual disciplines that provides structure and direction for growth in holiness. When we speak of patterns in our life, we mean attitudes, behaviors, or elements that are routine, repeated, regular. Indeed, the Latin term for “rule” is regula, from which our words regular and regulate derive.”