“Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.”
Is This True?
Reflect back on your time in MD5. We pray it was a transformative turning point in your walk with Christ. That is the testimony we hear from many men, but why?
The awesome facilitators...Nah.
The men that challenged and encouraged...Hopefully.
Or maybe there was another under-current to MD5’s impact.
Your MD5 Routine
For that year you made an intentional choice each week to gather with other men and focus on God’s purpose for your life. You overcame hesitancy or skepticism and settled into a new routine. Week by week, slowly but steadily, you committed time to your walk with Christ.
Mark 1:35 says “Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.” Jesus’ life was marked by time demands, continuous travel, and needy people. How did Jesus remain so focused?
Slow is Smooth and Smooth is Fast
The Navy Seal’s mantra is “Slow is smooth and smooth is fast”. Jesus knew the rhythm of life must be marked by a slowing down – an intentional routine of taking time away from chaos and busyness so that our purpose remains front and center. Fast and busy are the enemy of transformation and purpose.
A Lifelong Pursuit of Christ
Since you stopped meeting weekly with your cohort, how has your routine changed? We hope your facilitators were effective, the content was good, and the discussion was meaningful. But we pray MD5 was more than an isolated season you look on with fondness. We pray MD5 marked the beginning of a lifelong pursuit of Christ.
Psalm 46:10 “Be still and know that I am God.” Real, transforming impact occurs in the still and steady routine that takes us away from the distracting demands and allows us to focus on what’s most important. This is what we experienced in MD5. If we are to become all that God desires us to be – we must continue this slow, smooth, regular pursuit of Christ!
Have you lost that MD5 momentum? Be still. Re-engage. Slow is smooth. Smooth is fast.