I had the opportunity, recently, to hear a sermon from Rob Bell of Mars Hill Bible Church. He addressed the importance of rituals in our lives and how they serve as a reminder for us as to what is most important.

Rituals should be seen as a “sacred holy task” that focuses you on what is most important. In his example, Rob discussed his morning ritual of making lunches and taking his boys to school. This ritual serves as a reminder of his calling to take care of his boys.

He then took the occasion of Yom Kippur to show how the nation of Israel went through the rituals of the Feast of Trumpets (Leviticus 23:23)-10 days of reflection about your life – and the Day of Atonement (Leviticus 16) – a visual example of God’s forgiveness – every year.

These rituals were not something that God needed, but they were for the people. As a way for them to be regularly reminded of a very important aspect of their relationship with God.

Jesus also saw the value of rituals. We see this most clearly in the last supper. Jesus took the ritual of the Passover supper and declared a new ritual in order to remind us of the sacrifice He has made on our behalf. This is a very important example of a ritual that we should be regularly participating in today.

What is it that is most important to you?

Do your “rituals” reflect what is most important to you through your actions?

In order to accurately understand where we are and where we should be we need to step away from the noise of our lives and reflect on our life.

Be still, and know that I am God…The LORD Almighty is with us (Psalm 46:10-11)

This time of reflection needs to be an ongoing thing, not just a one-time thing. We need to constantly be checking ourselves and the rituals that we participate in, to make sure we are focused on the most worthy pursuits.

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