Always Follow The Spirit’s Leading Along The Way
“Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or to that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will we will live and do this or that.” As it is, you boast and brag. All such boasting is evil. Anyone, then who knows the good he ought to do and does not do it, sins.” James 4: 13-17
This passage is just packed with excellent and difficult admonishments. Like don’t tell Jesus what you are going to do and just do it. No check with Jesus first to see if it is His will, or your will, to do whatever needs to be done in the first place. There are so many things we do in our daily lives that we do without any guidance or approval from The Lord, but that is not the most excellent way to do things, is it? This begs the question,,,,are we really supposed to do ANYTHING out of mere rote and habit? I don’t think so! God should always be sought and allowed to interfere in ALL of our affairs. Many times while driving I pray for the Spirit to lead me in ALL of my day, and there have been several times (if not more) when HE told me directly to take another route. Only later to find out that my normal route would have had me in the location of a major accident. Better yet, on the new route that He led me to I have had amazing things happen, including folks getting rides and beginning a new or deeper relationship with Jesus.
What does this passage speak concerning our times of fellowship or “worship services”? Should we really start at 11 am Sunday, pray, sing 3 songs, take up an offering, sing some more, hear a sermon and close with another song and a prayer??????? Week after week, year after year, decade after decade? It is my assertion that being locked into that type of, or similar, pattern is just not God’s will. Do we care about that? Should we not rather seek God continually and then allow His will to invade and move us in the way HE desires us to go? Even relational housechurches get into ruts like this, and I don’t think He is pleased about that at all. Knowing what we are going to always do ahead of time I suggest is not a blessing, but rather a curse. We need to be free in Him and allow His Spirit to lead us in all things great or small.
Then there is that last verse…If we know what is good and we don’t do it…we sin. Yikes! This tells me that I really need Jesus; because I sin often according to this verse. But who doesn’t? Specifically, I know that it is good for me to check with Him before I do anything of meaning or substance on my own and if I do not, I boast, brag and sin. Beyond that whenever He puts me in a situation to do something good for someone, and I do not do it, I sin. Sin, sin, sin…….. What are we supposed to do??? It is quite simple really, surrender unto Him in all things and allow HIM to correct us on the fly along the way. NEVER discount HIS Grace! NOTHING should be set in stone. We should always check with Him concerning everything substantial that we do. He is The Lord and we need to be following His will and not our own. We are totally free to ask Him anything and everything. Jesus is not a micro-managing, anal retentive, control freak. HE just cares for us so much that HE is always there 24/7 to bounce our ideas off of. So why not take full advantage of this great and ultimate resource in our lives?
Kirk Out !
P.s. To Clarify, all it is really about is BEing in Him and allowing Him to flow through you in every moment. That takes a surrender, but BEing in Him is a joy and not a burden. If you feel burdened in your walk with Jesus, then it is time to re-evaluate everything; starting with your very own relationship with Him and all that He truly is, was, and will be.
P.s.s. Jesus is supposed to be our Lord and King, but many do not even use Him as a consultant yet alone Lord. Do we pray and seek His will as we ought to? Many times HE is not even consulted on where to go to college, what career path we should take, who we should marry, where we should live, or how we ought to church. I feel that ignoring Him in our decision making can lead us into peril instead of blessing. Today I choose to surrender and yield to Christ every portion of my life and future. How about you?