On “spiritual habituation”

Complacency, or maturity?

From Luke 5:1-11. Dewey opened today at Skyline with an explanation of habituation: the phenomenon of becoming so accustomed to an event or condition that we no longer notice the difference that the event or condition initially presented. As we become habituated, we no longer notice or appreciate that which was once new or novel. Dewey continued to discuss how dangerous this phenomenon is when it comes to matters of faith. I don’t completely agree.

To the point that habituation becomes complacent inaction, he’s right. But this isn’t true habituation. This is inaction within an unchanged life. Habituation in the form of a life marked by consistent obedience – even (or ESPECIALLY) in the absence of the windswept emotion of novelty – should be the ultimate objective for the Jesus follower.

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