"And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me." -Luke 9:23
"Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it." -I Corinthians 9:24 (NKJV)
"Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus." -Philippians 3:13-14
The Celtic Cross Rule of Seven By Monk Preston
The Christian life is simply our relationship with Christ.
Every area of life is summed up in the seven areas of this Rule of our Order. It began as my personal Rule, taken directly from the Bible: James 4:8, Acts 6:4, and Colossians 1:9-10.
It can be of great benefit for any Christian to individually examine each of these areas in his or her own life, to insure that a healthy Scriptural balance is maintained in each, and also between them.
The Celtic Cross Rule of Seven
One Desire, Two Devotions, Four Goals
One Desire: "Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you." (James 4:8)
Two Devotions: "But we will devote ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word." (Acts 6:4)
Four Goals: Right Life, Right Belief, Right Practice, Right Ministry (Colossians 1:9-10)
Two Devotions: We achieve our One Desire of closer communion with Christ through the Two Devotions: Prayer and the Word of God (Acts 6:4).
Four Goals: Closer communion with God is of the utmost necessity and benefit in all ways in the daily taking up of our cross to follow Christ. In manifesting the fruit of the Holy Spirit in our lives. In reaching toward the Four Goals that the Apostle Paul spoke of in Colossians 1:9-10, that together encompass all areas of our life in Christ, and that I refer to as:
Right Life, Right Belief, Right Practice, Right Ministry.
"For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that you might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding (Right Ministry); That you might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing (Right Life), being fruitful in every good work (Right Practice), and increasing in the knowledge of God (Right Belief);" -Colossians 1:9-10
"Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you." ____________
"We make the Sign of the Cross from head to heart, and shoulder to shoulder,
"In the Name of the Father and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit."
Making the Sign of the Cross can also remind us of The Four Goals of the Christian life:
Christianity Today Article:
Making the Sign of the Cross: "The Shape of Faith" _______________
"...this one thing I do..."
"Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,
And be found in him, not having my own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:
Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus."
"Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house.
And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus' feet, and heard his word.
But Martha was encumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me.
And Jesus answered and said to her, Martha, Martha, you are full of care and troubled about many things: and Mary has chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her."
"But we will devote ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word."
Christ in us...us in Christ.
We desire to serve God with all of our heart, soul, mind, and strength.
And when we appear before Christ in Heaven, our greatest desire is to have Him say to us,
"Well done, thou good and faithful servant."
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