Somethings Gotta Give
|“But when the Helper comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify of Me.” John 15:26
When I was a kid we used to play a game that was similar to hide and seek except instead of looking for a person you searched for an object that your friend hide from you. The way you would know if you were close or on the right path is the reference hot or cold, if you were going the wrong way you were cold and as you changed direction and got closer they would say “you’re getting warmer”.
In the Matthew’s Gospel in chapter 7 the Lord tells us “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you”. This idea of seeking is an activity I believe we should all be active in, the practice of a healthy walk and a sure footing in life. Earlier in chapter 6 Jesus describes the prize we should be seeking, “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you”. “Seek first” or another way of saying it, get your priorities in order, are you getting warmer or colder?
I think the barometer for this search is the level of joy in our lives, the experience of an inner peace that only comes when we are cooperating with the Holy Spirit. This word cooperate is an essential part of a meaningful walk with the Lord, keeping in step with God’s Holy Spirit and not walking in an adverse direction. Our spirit should always be directed towards Jesus as His Spirit will always testify of Him, are your ways His ways?
This idea of an ordered step was illuminated to me last week as I was on the back end of a sheet of drywall carrying it with a partner. If we did not cooperate with each other as far as the direction, tilt and the step it could have become a grueling experience and one of great frustration. Here at the Colony I get to work alongside men and I use this analogy of working with each other as a way to communicate the importance of cooperating with the Spirit of God, if we can’t work with each other it becomes difficult to work with God.
So if you’ve been “bucking the system” and find yourself lacking the joy that is available, might I say you’re “getting colder”, turn around, walk with God and I believe you’ll be hot in no time. Take it from the Apostle Paul from Ephesians 4, “I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called”, Amen! – Rob Russomano is a graduate of the Colony of Mercy and serves full-time at America’s Keswick. You can email him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Daily Bible Reading: Psalm 16-17; Acts 12
Think About This: When the Lord lays His hand upon a man, that man ceases at once to be ordinary. He immediately becomes extraordinary, and his life takes on cosmic significance. The angels in heaven take notice of him and go forth to become his ministers (Hebrews 1:14). Though the man had before been only one of the faceless multitude, a mere cipher in the universe, an invisible dust grain blown across endless wastes–now he gets a face and a name and a place in the scheme of meaningful things. Christ knows His own sheep “by name.”… There are no unknown Christians, no insignificant sons of God. Each one signifies, each is a “sign” drawing the attention of the Triune God day and night upon him. The faceless man has a face, the nameless man a name, when Jesus picks him out of the multitude and calls him to Himself. A W Tozer
This Week’s Verse to Memorize: “The Lord lives! Blessed be my Rock! Let God be exalted, The Rock of my salvation! 2 Samuel 22:47