A recent commentator said; “If the Holy Spirit is given authority in your life BY YOU, it will always use you to preach, heal, and more.” This is so profound. The Holy Spirit is always gentle, and polite, never pushy, never demanding, and we have to ALLOW Him to work, or nothing happens. The Christmas reading today underlines the action of the Holy Spirit on Mary, the mother of Jesus. She had to listen to the Holy Spirit; she had to permit the Holy Spirit to act in her life, (as did Joseph too!) – or none of us would be doing what we are doing today!
- Our Commitment
It is our commitment to our faith that allows the Holy Spirit to work on those around us. We have to say; “OK Lord; I will take this step in faith; or that step in faith.” Thus God can work in the world. God is not powerless, but He has chosen to work His will through us, and it comes down to simple obedience on our part.
- The Whole World In Your Hands
This is an immensely sobering thought, that God will often only act through our obedience. We do, in effect, hold the fate of the world in our hands. We can choose to obey, to step forward in faith, or we can choose NOT to act, to put off that inner prompting. To do this is to rob ourselves of blessing because God will often find another person to do His will, and they will be blessed instead.
- Open Our Minds
There is a very big challenge here. If the above be true, as I believe, then we can open our hearts and our minds to God to WHATEVER He might ask. I think we are usually tempted to only ask for and to pray for those things that we judge are likely or possible, and in so doing we limit God to the bounds of our own intellect. Historically we know that in Him ALL things are possible, but we shut down on the unlikely things, and thereby limit Him to very small and mundane blessings.
- The Challenge –
The challenge therefore, is to open our minds to whatever the Holy Spirit might be prompting us to do. To believe in the impossible; to expect miracles, and so to grow our faith and our expectation of God to wonderful new heights. Let us step out, and up, and believe that He will indeed empower us to “Preach a Sermon, and Heal, and More”!