We have pretty short term memories about certain things don’t we? Ever felt like you were “nudged” by the Holy Spirit to do something small? I’m not talking about major decisions in life or even the leading of someone to Christ. I’m talking about doing something to help somebody out or show the love of God in a small way. A “good deed”, I suppose. An opportunity arises and you feel this little nudge inside like, “I should do that for so and so”. You have a choice then. Whether you choose to listen or to not listen, it seems like the results will be minimal and the deed won’t be remembered a week or two later. If you don’t listen to the Holy Spirit it’s not like you’re going to lose your salvation or you walk out the door and God will cause you to trip and break your nose on the sidewalk. If you do listen, you might feel good about it after and you might receive gratitude from the person you helped. Either way, not a big deal right? I was thinking about this. We know that God does not remember our sin or hold it against us. (Psalm 103:11-12) But, it also says that we will give an accounting of our lives before God- everything we’ve said and done. (Romans 14:11-12) I think that doesn’t mean we account for just the bad, but that God will call to our memory the times that we listened to Him. We may not remember and it may not even make a huge difference (or perhaps it does and you never see that fruit), but God sees and remembers. And, I think it makes Him smile. Doesn’t that make it worth it? I also think when you listen to those little nudges it strengthens the Holy Spirit’s pull in your life and trains you to listen to Him in all things and it grows your relationship with God. So maybe those little nudges aren’t so little after all? Thoughts?
Hey Folks, it’s time for another blog. I know you have been sitting in the corner wrapped in a blanket, rocking back and forth and going through terrible withdrawal in anticipation of my next blog. I’m writing this blog from beautiful Nashville, Tennessee. I’m just a little excited to be back here. Anyway, to the blog!
I wanted to share with you a song that really resonates with me.
You Won’t Relent
I love the message of this song. The Holy Spirit won’t relent until He has every part of me. I very much understand and relate to what Paul is saying when he said the things he doesn’t want to do he keeps on doing and etc.. but I feel like I am not alone in this. I am ready to have the Holy Spirit take all. Thoughts?
Someone once said, “We desire Grace for ourselves and Justice for others.” I think it was my pastor that said this one Sunday morning, and it stuck with me. Grace and Justice play huge rolls in our lives. We live and breathe because of grace. We thrive on it. Without grace, we would be abandoned to ourselves without hope. Also inside of us is this great need for Justice. We must have wrongs righted. We must see the bad guy lose and get what he deserves. This comes very close to home when someone near to us wrongs us. Most times, it’s probably an acquaintance that we’re not too fond of, or a neighbor that we just can’t get through to them that we need to sleep at 3:00am at that we definitely don’t want to hear their music while trying to do so. Maybe it’s a family member that has hurt you. Whatever the specifics are, we seem to thirst for justice. We may think to ourselves, “Go get ’em, God” or “God, will show you”. What about that grace we love? What if God “gave it to us” on behalf of the people we’ve wronged? I think Grace is more than just something God extends, I think grace is something He wants us to pour out as well. If we are to be instruments of God, how better to do so than to pour out grace and mercy. If you do this, I think you will confuse the person that has wronged you. You will be showing them something that is above human inclination and planting a seed. I know for certain that you will be allowing the Holy Spirit to have his way. And that’s definitely a good thing.
What do you think?