Living in the 5/6th centuries, Italian monk St Benedictine is arguably best known for “The Rule of Benedict” which constitutes a basic guide for living the Christian life. For 1500 years Benedictines have continued to order their lives around this guide for living.
At the heart of “The Rule of Benedict” is a desire to live a simple, balanced life revolving around five practices of prayer, work, study, hospitality and renewal. The first two are critical for the Benedictine Rule. Hours are devoted to prayer and mindfulness of the presence of God each day. Work is expected, but not a mindless approach to work, rather seeing the purpose behind work and the maintenance of the right balance in our lives in regards to work. Then there is a commitment to study, including Scripture and the writings of Christians; hospitality which includes inviting the stranger into our lives as well as caring for those who are already in our lives; and finally renewal, which can include the discipline of keeping the Sabbath and taking time to be aware of the presence of God in our lives.
Whether you agree with St Benedictine’s choices there is something noble about living a life with intention. Living a life with rhythms which reflect a determination to honour Jesus with your life.
Over the next five weeks at Mosaic we are exploring BELLS – Bless, Eat, Listen, Learn and Sent, a simple rhythm to life which brings intentionality for anyone who desires to live in the way of Jesus. We invite you to participate on this journey with us by joining us each Sunday as we explore each aspect of BELLS, also get involved in a Connect Group and grab a copy of “Surprise the World” which we would encourage everyone to read as part of the BELLS experience.
By the way, if you miss a Sunday service, just go to www.mosaicchurch.com.au and click on the Media tab for a link to sermon podcasts.