Tuesday, October 09, 2007

reminding myself of "the Jesus Creed"

Scot McKnight is making famous "the Jesus Creed" which simply means the creed or way of life Jesus espoused, to love God with our all, and to love our neighbor as ourselves.

I have a paper I carry around in my work daily, and the first part of it is "the Jesus Creed". After that is Scripture, the Lord's prayer, and the prayer of the week I post on Sundays from the collect of each day for that week from the Book of Common Prayer.

I go over this several times a day, and it is becoming more and more meaningful to me and seems to be seeping into my heart and bones so at least I recognize that it's there. I do think it keeps me in check at times, at other times it helps get me back on track, and even at other times I begin to feel it in my heart, wanting it to be worked out in my life. I'm testifying here much the same as Scot has, of which mine is a faint echo. I find going over this several times a day, day after day on weekdays (I want to do better on weekends) to at least be a good exercise for me.

Read the book, The Jesus Creed: Loving God, Loving Others. It's a great read in this way of life and one of those books that deserves to be reread from time to time (I consider it a classic), and most importantly, the truth in it to become more and more a part of us and of our lives.

4 comments:

NaNcY said...

actually i have to admitt that i had not heard of scott before you mentioned him. the book sounds good. i already get a lot out of your posts.

it is good to know what you do to help yourself in your walk. very encouraging.

Ted M. Gossard said...

Nancy,
You are a wonderful encourager and your heart for God is a blessing to us all. I appreciate your thoughts and desire to follow after God and live in his grace. And you do it in such a nice way with your gift of poetry and prose.

Yes, the book definitely will not disappoint. It is well thought out as to its content and is definitely one of those books that by God and his grace can be lifechanging. And it did win "Christianity Today's" award as best book on the Christian life or Christian/spiritual formation in 2004, I believe was the year.

Kim said...

Thanks for the referral, Ted! Let's do whatever it takes in our pursuit of Christlikeness!

Ted M. Gossard said...

Amen, Kim. I think you'd immensely enjoy and be challenged by the book.