Thursday, February 24, 2011
Acts of Spirituality and Sanctification
Shane Claiborne is one of the leaders of an organization called The Simple Way. The Simple Way has 12 Marks of New Monasticism. Basically these marks call people to live in peaceful community with each other, whatever stage of life they're in. They sacrifice and share with one another in these communities. Shane Claiborne is an advocate for peace and literally living out the gospel today in community with others.
Part of me thinks this guy is crazy. Another part of me longs for a life like this. Although I don't know this guy, I have a feeling that his faith deeds are increasing his sense of spirituality. The Holy Spirit within him is continually sanctifying him to be like Christ. As he is growing in community with other believers and living out the gospel for the lost, he is growing in His relationship with Christ. You can tell by his book, the Irresistible Revolution, that this guy is radical in his faith deeds to Jesus. Yet, I do believe that his deeds are coming from a sincere desire within to want to live a life like Jesus.
Although his way of living is very different, it doesn't seem legalistic to me. That's where I think Christian deeds are different than other religion's deeds. Sure, the Bible gives us stuff to do as a Christian, but the focus is not on the deeds themselves. The focus is on the desire to become like Christ. Therefore, these deeds may look different for each believer. Maybe one person should live in a commune with other people. Maybe someone else should spend his or her entire life overseas. The most important thing is that we are abiding in Him and growing in our relationship with Christ.