The song list was made: All to Him; God Is Able; When You Walk into the Room.
We’d practiced with the band on Thursday night.
We’d shown up early to practice again at 8 a.m. Sunday morning.
But here’s one thing (of many) I’ve learned about my (relatively) new church: Nothing man-made is set in stone.
If the Spirit wants to move, let him.
As the believers gathered last Sunday morning, the worship grew stronger. The songs were reminding us that God was in the room, in us. You could feel it the atmosphere.
So our worship leader had us linger on a chorus. Then led us into a totally different song that fit perfectly with the spirit of our praise and the Spirit of God’s presence.
We know God. We know Jesus.
But what do we know about the Holy Spirit?
Do we position ourselves to be nudged by his movement too?
In this week’s chapters of Knowing God (“God Incarnate” and “He Shall Testify”), author J. I. Packer says,
“The person and work of Christ have been, and remain, subjects of constant debate within the Church; yet the person and work of the Holy Spirit are consistently ignored. The doctrine of the Holy Spirit is the Cinderella of Christian doctrines. Very few seem to be interested in it.”
Perhaps that’s changed a little since Knowing God was originally published (1973). But the point remains relevant. Because the Holy Spirit has a more mysterious reputation, we often leave him out of things.
Packer pushes us to confrontation:
“But is the work of the Holy Spirit really important?”
By our thoughts and actions, our answer may be, “No, not very important.”
Here’s how Packer responds,
“Important! Why, were it not for the work of the Holy Spirit there would be no gospel, no faith, no Church, no Christianity in the world at all.“
He goes on to explain that after Christ left the disciples, it was the Spirit who led them onto into all the world, reminding them of the things Christ had taught, emboldening them to preach the good news, empowering them to do miracles.
It is the Spirit even now who illuminates our way, convicts us of our wrongs, and demonstrates the power of God in and around us.
Whether it’s to change our attitude in a relationship, or to guide us into a new ministry, or even to sing an unplanned song, may we continue to hear what the Spirit is saying to the churches.
“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”
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How aware are you of the Holy Spirit compared to God the Father and Jesus the Son? Please share in the comments.
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