The Nineveh  

     Spiritual Discipline 


By Reverend Edward Santana-Grace, PhD


        A Three Step,  Christian  Spiritual  Discipline

   that has proven helpful in knowing and doing  God’s will with the  mind  of  Christ.  The  Book of  Jonah  can help us discern if we are doing the will of God with the mind of Christ. Utilize the Jonah dynamics and ask the following questions: 


1. Am I where God wants me to be right now? Jonah knew where God wanted him to be, but he did not want to be there, so he ran away.  How often do you take flight because of anxiety, irritation, or anger about something or because you do not feel like doing God’s will now?  You know the havoc that created in Jonah’s life and the life of others around him!  In this context, you can always stop and ask the Holy Spirit:  Am I where God wants me to be now?   If you discern that you are not, you need not fear,   because, if you humbly ask the Holy Spirit, your Divine Counselor and Strengthener, he will enlighten you and then help you get to where the Father wants you to be.  In fact, the Spirit is always delighted to get you to where Abba wants you to be. Therefore, always be grateful and thank Christ Jesus  for “winning” the Holy Spirit for you on the cross.


2. Am I doing what God wants me to be doing right now? Jonah did not want to go to Nineveh because he did not want to do God’s will. He did not want to call the people to repentance because he detested those people. How often do you refuse to do God’s will because of dislikes?  Nevertheless, Jonah eventually did do what God wanted him to do. And God used Jonah’s external obedience to produce the good fruit of repentance in the hearts and deeds of the people of Nineveh.  That is wonderful!   Thank God for any good fruit that comes from your obeying God’s will and doing the good works that God has prepared for you from the very foundation of the universe.  


  1. 3. Am I doing God’s will with the  mind of  Christ?

    Yet, God is not yet fully pleased with Jonah.  This can only mean that accomplishing God’s external will is not sufficient—not even if your obedience to God’s will produces such good fruit as the repentance of an entire people.  You might ask: “What more could be expected of Jonah than doing something so beneficial for his detested enemy?” Why is God  upset?


   God is  not   pleased    with   Jonah’s   animosity  toward   the  people  of   Nineveh.    And God does everything possible to get Jonah to have a merciful heart like his for these people. He wants Jonah to have the mind of Christ toward these people. To have the mind of Christ indeed means doing God’s external will, but it also means to do it with a heart that is in tune with the very heart of Love, who is God.  Love for God and neighbor is what our attitude must be in doing God’s external will.     This is clearly evidenced in Jesus’ pure love both for the Father and for us when he embraced his Father’s will regarding his suffering and death on the cross. 


Be not dismayed at this  high   command of  love. 

   The Holy  Spirit’s  greatest  delight is to create love in the  hearts of God’s children, in you.   Therefore,  confidently  ask his  help: “Most humble,  yet  most  powerful  Holy  Spirit,  Friend  and Counselor,  help me to  know and  do the   Father’s will  24/7 with a heart full of love, which is ‘the mind of Christ’.”


Summary of the Nineveh Spiritual Discipline:


(1) be where God wants you to be, 

(2) be doing what God wants you to be doing,

(3) be doing it with the mind of Christ. 


These three steps are intimately connected and—as with all of My Daily Bread—will, by the Spirit, help you in your striving to do God’s will 24/7 with the mind of Christ.


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                     |Table of Contents | Jesus: Seek First God’s Will | | Notes on God’s Will  | 

                      |  Definition: Spiritual Discipline (SD) & Spirituality (S) |  | Relationship SD & S


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