One of Willard’s assertions early in the book is that Christians often want to behave like Jesus and great saints in the dramatic moments of life, but neglect to embrace their overall way of life.
“The general human failing is to want what is right and important, but at the same time not commit to the kind of life that will produce the action we know to be right and the condition we want to enjoy. This is the feature of human character that explains why the road to hell is paved with good intentions. We intend what is right, but we avoid the life that would make it reality.”
I think that I often fall into this trap. Want to be like Jesus? Yes, please! Embrace his life of prayer, fasting, solitude, and service? Um, let’s not get carried away here!
How about you? Do you have any experience with spiritual disciplines being used to form godly character in you? I’d love to hear from you.