Ah, the Semi-Circle. Getting back to putting it into practice. It feels good to get it back and get back into routine. If you don't know anything about it, I highly recommend A Passionate Life. It's transforming mine!
LifeShapes Discipleship - Semi-Circle
We can rediscover the rhythm of life the Creator God intended for us in the principles of the semi-circle.
I am the vine and my Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit, He prune it, that it may bear more fruit. --John 15:1-2
God designed us to be productive, but we have become human "doings" rather than human "beings."
As we read Genesis, we tend to learn that mankind is working for six days, then we rest from our work on the seventh day. Remember the Sabbath and keep it holy made the top ten list. The truth from the semi-circle teaches that we must live in this rhythm of life in order to be productive.
We must start from a place of resting, resting and abiding in God. All living things grow, so in order to be productive we must live in the rhythm of the semi-circle. So, rather than resting from our work, we must learn to work from our rest! Abide in God, produce fruit, grow, then prune (in order to grow more fruit).
Work is not a part of the curse, Adam was to work in the garden even before the fall. We are designed for intentional activity. The authors make an interesting point:
Unemployment causes our lives to fall below what is standard. One has thus fallen from the God-given call to lead a productive life. The focus on productivity and usefulness are lost, as though they are no longer being fully human.
There is no such thing as retirement. If you leave your job is voluntary, it will not be long before you feel the onset of depression. No amount of golf or fishing can take the place of being fruitful.
There must be work in heaven, not just an endless worship service. Before the fall there was work, so there must be work after the redemption. This is a foreshadow of the life to come. Work is a strategic part of the human experience.
Growing grapes in the first century allowed the vines to be unproductive for the first three years. If fruit tried to grow it was cut off, because the vines were not yet strong enough to support the load of the fruit. We must learn about God and ourselves during this pruning time.
Called to Rest
We are to work from our rest, not rest from our work.
Rest is not optional if we are to walk in the lifestyle of a disciple.
We cannot bear fruit is we do not spend time abiding.
Aren't we supposed to be pressing forth with all our energy to do the work of the kingdom? In a word, no.
Well, here I go, walking into the blogging world. Mostly it's a chance for me to think "out loud" about experiences I have being a mom, wife, pastor's wife and a child of God. There will be thoughts, observations, opinions and questions. My past experiences will most likely influence my thoughts, but I claim to be no expert on any subject. Praying for patience, guidance and wisdom, I walk through each week one day at a time. So here I go, walking and thinking "out loud." Thanks for coming along!
My passions: Jesus, my family, family and children's ministry,
My hobbies: scrapbooking and making cards, being outdoors, enjoying afternoon tea with friends, baking
My heartstrings: Grace, marriage, parenting, Neonatal Intensive Care Units and all who work, volunteer and live it, living as a disciple of Jesus and going out to share this discipleship life with others.