Renovare

Vision

The Ren­o­varé Vision is sim­ple and straight­for­ward: a life of flam­ing love for God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength” and to love our neigh­bor as our­selves (Mark 12:29 – 31).

It is a vision of gen­uine, sol­id, sub­stan­tive life in the King­dom of God, avail­able to all. Here. Now. 

It is a vision of the con­tin­u­ing, expe­ri­en­tial real­i­ty of right­eous­ness and peace and joy in the Holy Spir­it” (Romans 14:17).

It is a vision of right love, right desire, and right pas­sion root­ed and ground­ed in God. 

It is a vision of Jesus high and lift­ed up draw­ing all peo­ples to him­self and to his work here on earth (John 3:14).

It is a vision of us con­stant­ly return­ing to our first love, Jesus, and falling in love with him over and over and over again (Rev. 2:4 – 5). It is a vision of an ongo­ing form­ing, con­form­ing, trans­form­ing life in and through Jesus — a trans­for­ma­tion­al char­ac­ter devel­op­ment into Christlikeness. 

It is a vision of rad­i­cal, life-giv­ing com­mu­ni­ty life; an all-inclu­sive com­mu­ni­ty of lov­ing per­sons gath­ered in the pow­er and fel­low­ship of the Trini­tar­i­an presence. 

This is a vision of life. For all per­sons, at all times, in all places. We are nev­er to leave off pur­su­ing this life. Though it be dif­fi­cult we seek hard after it. And in the seek­ing we are trans­formed into peo­ple who can learn to love God with all of our heart and soul and mind and strength. We can learn to love our neigh­bor as our­selves. We can learn to love our ene­mies. We can learn to over­come evil with good. We can learn to do what is right. We can learn these things. Ren­o­varé is com­mit­ted to help­ing peo­ple every­where find just such a life.

To be sure, this life is not auto­mat­ic, though God bestows innu­mer­able graces upon the earnest seek­er. Still, devel­op­ing and sus­tain­ing a life of lov­ing aban­don­ment to God involves an over­all plan of liv­ing, incor­po­rat­ing spe­cial prac­tices which care for the inner per­son. These are the famil­iar Dis­ci­plines of the spir­i­tu­al life. These we put into reg­u­lar prac­tice: prayer and soli­tude and study and ser­vice and wor­ship and con­fes­sion and cel­e­bra­tion and more. 

Through all of the vicis­si­tudes of life we must nev­er allow any­thing to replace this vision of white-hot love for God. It is our first and our last order of busi­ness. Noth­ing is more impor­tant than this. Noth­ing. Not good deeds. Not faith­ful ser­vice in the church. Not mis­sion­al labor in the name of Christ. Noth­ing. We love God alone. We adore God alone. We wor­ship God alone. We are blind­ed to all oth­er loyalties.

Richard J. Foster

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