I’m reading through Dallas Willard’s The Divine Conspiracy and thought I’d share a few thoughts on it this week.
I’ve enjoyed it so far and it feels like a timely book for me, as Jesus has been highlighting the need for greater integration in my life.
It’s easy to compartmentalize our faith and imagine God as “out there” rather than “right here.” Willard opens by writing,
“Very few people today find Jesus interesting as a person or of vital relevance to the course of their actual lives. He is not generally regarded as a real-life personality who deals with real-life issues but is thought to be concerned with some feathery realm other than the one we must deal with, and must deal with now.”
He goes on to explain how Christ and his teachings relate to all of our lives, not just the parts we label as “spiritual.”
It’s been helpful for me to recognize that integration is really about integrity.
It’s about being the same person in all places, times, and circumstances, and refusing to be morally incongruous in any area.
Only Jesus can lead us into a life of true integrity, because only he has the true definition of it and true source of power for it.
Integrity has it’s benefits:
- An integrated life is a strong life, because all the pieces are working together instead of working apart.
- An integrated life saves energy because you’re no longer juggling multiple “selves” and worrying about dropping one of them or struggling to present the perfect one for whatever occasion you might find yourself in.
- An integrated life is a fast and powerful one because the soul engine is firing on all cylinders instead of just a few.
Is there any part of your life that feels out of sync with who you really are in Christ? What would it look like for that thing to be more fully integrated into your identity as a disciple?