PoW: The Heart of The Habit (or our response to our God)

“A nun does not get up each morning and go to the closet and think to herself, Hmm. I wonder what to wear today. The habit is what she wears.  It is what covers her. It is what identifies her. Our condition is the same. Our Habit is Christ. He is what covers us. He is what identifies us. We wear Him into every moment, and when we live with this awareness, we PRAISE CHRIST.”[1]

This excerpt from Praise Habit: Finding God in Sunsets and Sushi illustrates something important in our worship. Nuns have given up living a normal life in order to choose to live for Christ everyday. The practice of putting on the habit everyday is an outward expression of an inward choice. By putting it on everyday they express their worship to Christ in a very simple way. Nuns are humans, just as is everyone else. The big difference is that they show their internal worship in the external everyday. In Ephesians 4 Paul instructs the believers to ‘put off’ their old self and to ‘put on’ their new self in Christ.[2] This instruction is similar to the act of the nuns and their Habit.

While the practice of wearing a Habit no doubt takes much discipline and sacrifice, it takes more intentionality and desire to continually put on the new self that is Christ. As Crowder ends above,  “Our Habit is Christ . . . when we live with this awareness, we PRAISE CHRIST.”[3] Christ as the Habit is life changing, which is why our response should be praise. If aware of this change, of the profound nature of Christ being our Habit, of Christ being woven into ‘our new selves’ we would not be able to hold back our praise.

The difficulty of ‘The Christ Habit’ is that it must be chosen. Nuns choose the day they take their oath and every day after to put on the Habit, to show their choice is Christ. We also choose, on our day of conversion, to put on The Christ Habit and must then continue to choose to put it on every second of every day. In our modern world it has become both easier, due to the access to technology that allows us access to sermons, worship albums and digital copies of the Biblical text, and more difficult to don the Habit, due to, the monumental amount of distractions brought about by a fast paced life-style in the USA.

When we realize that we wear Christ we should respond in praise, but there is also something that we should realize. Christ has and is going through everything we go through. Christ experienced joy. Christ experienced anger. Christ experience pain and loss. This should also bring our hearts to a place of praise no matter the situation. In, Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven but Nobody Wants to Die, David Crowder and Mike Hogan spend time discussing death and the soul. In one section they show an IM[4] conversation between the two of them. In this conversation they talk about death and the album they put out exploring death and the Christian response to death. They begin to discuss the hallel, a collection of six Psalms that where often recited during the Passover. Crowder makes the point that if all scripture is God-breathed and inspired that God wrote these Psalms knowing that He, in Christ would recite and need these Psalms to bolster his spirits and strength before his crucifixion. The line “His love endures forever” is a part of the hallel, and knowing that the last supper was a part of the Passover they draw the conclusion that Christ probably sang this line. Christ sang or recited a line that was laid down by God hundreds of years before, and that line may have carried him through.[5]

The big point here is that God experienced everything we have and our response, just as His was in the face of adversity, should be worship. Christ was focused on God. Christ’s heart was for God. If we wear Christ as a Habit our hearts should be for God, they should be focused on God and our response should be praise.

[1] David Crowder, Praise Habit: Finding God in Sunsets and Sushi (n.p.: NavPress, 2005), 39.

[2] Hebrews 4:21-24

[3] David Crowder, Praise Habit, p. 39.

[4] Instant Message

[5] David Crowder and Mike Hogan, Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven, but Nobody Wants to Die: Or the Eschatology of Bluegrass (n.p.: Relevant Books, 2006), 184-88.


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