Jesus says that he is the true vine. That must mean there are false vines out there as well. In this talk, David introduces the meditation on the Two Standards in the Second Week of the Spiritual Exercises. There are forces in the world that draw us toward serving Christ. But there are also forces that draw us away from serving Christ. Sometimes, it’s tricky to know which is which. Using examples from his life, David describes how he sees Jesus drawing him to service by the path of poverty and humility.
Verse: I am the true vine. (John 15:1)
Spiritual Exercise: The Two Standards
Suggested Scripture: Mark 6:7-13, Matthew 6:24-34
Questions for reflection:
- Where are my riches, honors, and pride?
- Are there any ways, big or little, in which these are drawing me away from the service of Christ?
- Is it possible to see how poverty, contempt, and humility lead to service in the kingdom of God?
- Is there any adjustment or change I want to make in my life to pursue the path of poverty and humility?