As I’ve mentioned, this Sunday I’m preaching a pre-written sermon with some spiritual discernment of my own on Luke 9:51-62 and Galatians 5:13-25.
I was asked to write a blurb for the handouts for the service as a “takeaway” from the sermon, and didn’t write for a week until 1am a few nights ago in prayer, and this is what the Spirit put on my heart.
Have you ever decided, perhaps impulsively and perhaps without relent, to do something that you knew the Lord wouldn’t love, that you knew wasn’t in line with where He was calling you? We all know this feeling. But as is promised in the book of Galatians, the Lord can perfectly dwell in each of us through His Holy Spirit. While WE are weak, HIS capacity is endless. Abiding by His Spirit that He promises He will fill us with will not gratify the desires of the world but will naturally please the ETERNAL Kingdom– and there is, quite simply, nothing more important.
I once went with a group of friends to the top of a hill after midnight to lay out and watch the stars. A beautiful breeze blowing, the perfect view of endless stars and the black-blue night sky and the earth, so real and wonderful beneath us, as if we had been invited to engage in amazing conversation. And we did– we had meaningful talks about the world and it’s temporariness, living, and God’s grace. We may be in a spot of believing that it takes a time or place or person to meet God or experience His grace, but “all of the above” are incapable of such, and in fact part of the temporary swirl of this world. HE meets us– every day, where we’re at. To think otherwise is to diminish the perfect power of His Spirit that is more vibrant than anything visible! We just have to welcome what He is wanting to accomplish in and through us, for as Major Ian Thomas says, “Godliness is not the consequence of your capacity to imitate God, but the consequence of His capacity to reproduce Himself in you; not self-righteousness, but Christ-righteousness; the righteousness which is by faith a faith which by renewed dependence upon God releases His divine action, to restore the marred image of the Invisible God.”
Have a blessed weekend, knowing that Jesus is with you wherever you roam and He wants to be all you are living through and for.