Have you ever found yourself just going through the motions?
Have you ever found yourself just “doing” the Christian things we’re called to do.
But the doing has become a self reliant action.
No Spirit, leading us…
The scriptures remind us about the Holy Spirit who was sent for us. To help us:
15 “If you love me, keep my commands. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. 18 I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. 19 Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live.
But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. 27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. (John 14)
There is a lot to unpack from those few verses.
But first off, the best thing is how practical Christianity is.
Following Jesus in today’s world is practical.
If it weren’t practical enough, I wouldn’t be interested in it…
People have made Christianity too much of a discussion
Too much of a study
Too much of a theory
Too much of a holy huddle
And worst, people have become too detached from it’s practical message.
The world is a mess
People are hurting
Mental health is confusing
Morals have gone out the window
And a lot of this is because, we have ignored the very practical teaching of the Gospel.
Jesus is practical. And His Holy Spirit will lead you and I.
Back to “doing vs drenched”
Stop just doing with out the emotion and leading of the Spirit.
Become drenched in His Spirit. Let our thoughts, words, actions, planning all be guided by the Holy Spirit.
Most people in ministry would agree with me with this statement: So often, we rely on ourselves in the weekly preparation we need to do. From home groups to preaching to lessons and to conversations.
But God has given us a Helper.
That we need to use, every day. Not just some days. Some moments.
Back to John 14.
Imagine being so in tune with the Spirit!
How different our daily lives would be?