Ever given a gift to someone and had it brushed aside like it was nothing special?
I don’t mean the obligatory, exchange-a-name-and-keep-it-under-$10-gift; but one that was carefully and thoughtfully chosen for someone very special.
Ever have one of those gifts taken for granted?
It’s no fun. In fact, it’s downright painful.
But that’s exactly what I’ve done to God.
Don’t grieve God. Don’t break his heart. His Holy Spirit, moving and breathing in you, is the most intimate part of your life, making you fit for himself. Don’t take such a gift for granted. ~ Ephesians 4:30 (The Message)
The Holy Spirit living and moving in us to make us fit for a relationship with God – whole and holy – is the most precious and costly gift we could ever receive.
The Spirit takes up residence in us in order to draw our attention to Jesus. All of His divine resources are unleashed in an effort to transform us from the inside out so that we have the character of Christ.
But are we participating in the process?
It’s like getting dance lessons from Fred Astaire, but insisting on taking the lead.
… or business advice from Bill Gates, but ignoring his counsel.
… or voice lessons from Celine Dion, but singing in whatever way we want.
I don’t know what this new year will hold in terms of obstacles or opportunities. I don’t have an inside track on God’s kingdom agenda or what role He wants me to play.
But I do know that I can surrender myself more completely to the leading of the Holy Spirit.
I can give myself more completely to His mysterious work of transformation.
I can learn to dance in God’s unforced rhythms of grace.
Will you join me?
© Richard Alvey and iLife Journey, 2013. All rights reserved.