Practicing God’s Presence

Practicing God’s Presence

Time to Practice His Presence

There are two basic kinds of time: chronos and kairos.

Chronos is calendar time. The Quiet Time series dealt with chronos, looking at how to set up a formal time with God to experience His presence through prayer and Scripture.

Kairos, on the other hand, is opportunity time. These are the moments God gives us on a daily basis to practice His presence and proclaim Him to those around us. The centrality of Christ in our lives should affect more than a strict devotional time. His presence should influence every moment, so that we experience Him in everyday life as well.

The Root of the Matter

What is visible to others in our walk with God (our work or character, for example) stems from a strong relationship with Him under the surface, like the roots of a tree. These include:

  1. Intimacy with God
  2. Rest
  3. Solitude
  4. Calling

Practicing God’s presence in ways that no one else sees helps keep Christ central. It allows us to seize each informal opportunity God gives us to abide in Him.

We may be tempted to leave our relationship with God in our formal devotional time, but kairos moments are important. To pursue God is to begin to know Him, and that involves surrendering every aspect of life to Him.

Everything matters. Practicing the presence of God in every moment recognizes that we are eternal beings in a process of transformation during our sojourn in this temporal arena. We must manifest the life of Christ in us and through us by walking with Him.

[divider style=”solid” color=”#cccccc” opacity=”1″ icon_color=”#666666″ icon_size=”15″ placement=”equal”]

Walk through the exercises in A Guide to Practicing God’s Presence and learn how to live every moment for Christ.

Click here for more information about Ken’s Friday morning study, including archived videos.

Related Posts

Image of the crucified Christ

The Seven Last Words of Christ

These are the last recorded statements of Jesus Christ before His death on the cross. Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing. (Luke 23:34) When they came to the place called the Skull, there they crucified Him and the criminals, one on the right and

The Ocean of Eternity

Mortality and the purpose of life are prominent themes in Thomas Cole’s paintings. Through his paintings, he vividly brings out the human dilemma of mortality, a dilemma we ourselves must wrestle with. Given the inevitability of death, what are we to do with our days? We can try to stave

The Five Loves—and the Highest of These Is Agape Love

In the article below, Dr. Boa synthesizes material from several teaching sessions from his series Biblical Principles for Marriage and from portions of his spiritual formation text Conformed to His Image (primarily from chapter 18, “Holistic Spirituality”). Dr. Boa focuses on agape love as one of the five forms of loves (based on the different Greek words). After reviewing all forms, he gives reasons for why agape is the greatest.