The bottom line: being a Christian is being engaged in the task of “becoming Christ.” “Becoming Christ” is the code word for living our lives as Jesus lived his. Jesus lived his life as a total openness to the Spirit. Openness to the Spirit meant that he engaged in regular, intentional spiritual practices, as attested to the many references to “the desert,” to praying, to going alone in the desert. Spiritual practices are ways to open ourselves to God’s Presence, to make ourselves available to God.
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