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March 30, 2017, 3:32 PM

Habitus Regali


"But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation-- a people for [God's] own possession..." I Peter 2:9

No, I don't know much Latin-- I had to use Google Translate to come up with this month's headline. But I DID want to drive an historical point home. One that would have been around when Christians were speaking Latin. (At least, the free and educated ones.)

The headline means "regal habit." And the end of Lent here is a wonderful time to examine your habits. To ask, "Which of my habits would I gleefully share with Jesus if he were standing next to me each day? And which habits would I want to hide from him?" We are instructed to "live in a manner worthy of the Gospel" in Philippians 1:27 and "no matter what happens." (Among other, equally salient verses about this subject in the New Testament.) 

Useful habits are...well, useful. They produce or effect something within us. If we are "creatures of habit," as they say, then we should be mindful of what kinds of habits we are continually generating. The sum of those habits will define us: our lives, our families, (and not overdramatically, I hope,) our legacies. 

If you are in need of replacing some bad habits with good ones, may I suggest:

1. Get a devotional book at church called "Portals of Prayer." Take it home. Read it as often as you can remember, using the morning, afternoon, and evening prayers in the back. Also use the special holiday prayers, especially for this Holy Week and Easter. The April to June issue is on the literature talbes at church. 

2. Read an excellent historical or historical fiction book about the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus. 

3. Learn some new things about the Scripture and your faith from reputable Web pages. Some of these include: biblegateway.com, blueletterbible.org, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lutheranism (or go to Wikipedia and search for "Lutheranism.") There is also www.cph.org

In so doing, you will be amazed at the applicability and power of God's Word each and every day. 

There will be an occasion to use it, and that is a promise: 

"All Scripture is God-breathed, useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness." 2 Tim. 3:16

"The Word of God is powerful and active, sharper than any double-edged sword..." Hebrews 4:12

Regular time with the Word of God is the habitus regali of all habits. Imbibe this habit, will you, if you have not already? They say it takes 21 days to form a new habit. What will you do for the next 21 days? 21 years? May it include God's Word as the bedrock and foundation.

In Christ our Glorious and Victorious Risen Lord, 

Pastor Joel

 


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