Form

Eugene Peterson was right, "There is a great market for religious experience in our world; there is little enthusiasm for the patient acquisition of virtue." At the heart of the New Testament is a plea for acquiring Christ-like virtue, not by following a formula but by paying attention to form. If we’re going to work with the Spirit to create Christ-like lives we need form. All great lives, like great art, flourish inside it. That is why Jesus said the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life. Meaning, the life Jesus offers, is cultivated and graciously acquired by ordering your life in an intentional way. We need constraints, which reminds me of Victor Frankyl’s line, “What man actually needs is not a tensionless state but rather the striving and struggling for a worthwhile goal, a freely chosen task.”