Step #1: Lectio / Read
Click the link below or open your Bible to the passage and read through the reading at least once, paying attention to what is happening in the text.
Step #2: Meditatio / Meditate
Use the following meditation to help you reflect more deeply on the Scripture (you may want to read the passage again).
I’d consider myself a simple person when it comes to owning “unnecessary” possessions. For example, when it comes to questions such as “Should we keep these leftover gift bags because we might use them next Christmas?”, nine times out of ten, I will respond, “Toss em’.” Nevertheless, I don’t so easily abide by that same principle in my interior life.
There are so many things in my interior, in my heart that I hold on to, especially things that are not only unnecessary, but are hurtful to me. I so easily hold on to envy, accusation, and fear, to name a few. And when I hold on to these things, Satan, the ultimate thief who creates a den of thieves, steals from me. I allow Satan to rob me of what is rightfully mine in Jesus Christ- generosity, freedom, and, joy. When I hold on to sin and to the trap that it is, my life becomes like a dried up fig tree that bears bad fruit or no fruit at all.
And y’all, we want to live lives that bear good fruit. We are a resurrection people! Jesus came to bring life! However, to enter into Easter Sunday, I need to look at the Good Friday of my life. I need to ask the hard questions— Why do I struggle with envy, accusation, and fear? Is it because I think I am not good enough? Do I accuse others so they don’t look at me and my sins? We need to ask why. If we don’t look at the reason for the bad fruits or lack of fruit in our lives, we will never take hold of the beautiful life Jesus wants to give us.
Jesus, give us great faith and cast our sins into the sea! Toss em! Bring the fullness of life you so long to give.
Step #3: Oratio / Pray
These questions are to be used to talk to God; have a conversation with the Lord about these questions and what is going on in your heart as you pray today.
Jesus, what fruit is my life bearing? Is it good fruit? Bad fruit? No fruit?
Jesus, why do I have these good or bad fruits? Why do I have a lack of fruit?
Jesus, how do you want to bear good fruit in my life today?
Step #4: Contemplatio / Contemplate
In this step, you listen. Stop talking, let God speak to your heart. You may repeat one of these short phrases to focus your mind on the Lord.
Father, you want to lavish your gifts upon me.
Jesus, I surrender these fruits/this situation to You.
Holy Spirit, bear good fruit in my life.
Step #5: Actio / Act
In light of today's reading and your time spent in prayer with the Lord, what concrete action or actions will you take to let this encounter with the Lord bear fruit in you today?
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This reflection was prepared by Alycia Frech, a campus minister with Ablaze Ministries.