Followers of Jesus were instructed to be ambassadors for Christ. (That’s in Corinthians.) A gathering of such followers, therefore, could be considered an embassy. I’d like to think of it as the most important of all embassies, therefore, I would call it The Embassy.
If I were to open a branch of this Embassy, I would make things simple and just ‘borrow’ the best practices of other similar entities, for example:
- Kneeling – It is a good posture to get used to and well familiar with; it is difficult to cop an attitude while on your knees. Children pray on their knees. Surrender, its value and purpose, is revealed when one prays on one’s knees. I have found that spiritual meditation is quite potent when done on my knees.
- Silence and meditation – I have heard centering prayer or spiritual meditation likened to sitting on the porch with a loved one…just being present; no talking necessary. To be honest, I cannot hear Christ if I am always talking or thinking. By the way, mindfullness meditation has a different purpose and is not the same thing as spiritual meditation. Both are good for you. Do both.
- Confession and repentance – I sometimes forget that Christ is always present in me; I tend to pile stuff on top of Christ…stuff like hurt feelings, fear, anger, wants, obsessions and thinking that I am ‘all that.’ Listing all that stuff and choosing to let go of it, works. Plus, it’s realizing that God is not ‘out there’ or ‘up there’ somewhere but in and throughout me. Repentance is getting back to that right thinking.
These are just some of the best practices.