APRIL 28: Living in God’s Country
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We, as Americans, don’t want to eat fish for breakfast. We, as Americans, don’t have to try to get frustrated over spilled milk. While these kinds of decisions seem natural, culture is taught.
Other peoples, like the Japanese, don’t have to try to like fish for breakfast. And the Inuit don’t have to try not to get frustrated over spilled milk. For them these decisions seem natural. But like ours, their culture is taught.
The first way to assume a new culture is to realize how it’s different from our own even in subtle ways. Culture, as evidenced by the world, is both teachable and learnable. We can choose to learn a new culture, one that is life-giving.
People in other cultures think differently, feel differently and act differently – even when confronted with similar circumstances. Walking into the Kingdom of Heaven could be compared to going to France, Ecuador or Holland. Live in it and you’ll learn the differences. Start talking to the natives and you’ll understand their way of thinking. Compare their ways to your own, and decide what are more life-giving ways you can think, feel and act.
READING & JOURNALING:
What are some of the big (and subtle) ways the culture of the Spirit is different than our own?
How would you start to integrate into another culture, such as French or Dutch? How will these strategies help you to pursue a Spirit culture?
Heavenly Father, Thank you for a new country and a new culture. Show me what my culture is currently in my day-to-day life. Help me to notice my reactions, thoughts and feelings to the mundane things and to the serious things. I’m asking You to teach me your culture and give me the peace to let mine go. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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F260 READING: (A Scripture Reading Plan for Busy Believers)
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Read: Matthew 5
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