Let The Wind Blow
Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings. And the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will Himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. To Him be the power for ever and ever. Amen. 1 Peter 5: 8-11
We had another excellent time of open & free, Spirit led, fellowship here some time ago. Everyone participated and shared concerning things that the Lord had placed on their hearts and we were all built up and edified in the Spirit. Jesus was clearly lifted up in our midst and His Truth in Love flowed through every member. One person was a first time visitor that had never been a part of a totally free & open, Spirit led gathering before. She loved the fellowship and said she was definitely touched by the Lord and wanted more.
One brother shared about how we need to be a consistent steady and true witness to those we encounter in life. He said that we all needed to extend Christ’s love and mercy to everyone we meet along the way. We all agreed with this brother and some shared about the rewards and difficulties of living our lives in such a relational and rock steady manner.
To me it is all about being like a prevailing wind. Prevailing winds don’t get many headlines if any at all. Big storms, tornadoes and hurricanes blow through regions leaving behind them a huge damage path. They get all the attention and the headlines. However, it is the prevailing steady winds that really shape the terrain and impact the environment the most over time.
I feel we all need to be steady and consistent in our relationships. Jesus should be the constant leading force in all our lives. I want to be true and dependable and someone that people can reach out to when they hit the rough patches in their lives. I want to be seen as someone who is loving, accepting, kind, merciful and true. We all need to live our lives in such a manner that people can trust and depend upon the Christ in us. Always sharing grace and withholding harsh judgment. In my town I want to be the guy that people in need turn to for compassion and honesty. I want Christ to develop within me character that stands the test of time.
In the end the only thing that matters is truth expressing itself in love, and that only truly happens in our relationships. No one on their deathbed ever says they wanted to work more or buy more stuff; what they do say is that they wish they had spent more time with their loved ones and building solid relationships. Jesus is about relationships. Faith is about relationships and the church should be about relationships too. I want to spend my life building relationships in a loving, truthful, solid and steady manner. I don’t care about the hottest new movement in the “church” or the new trends in worship. I just want Jesus and I hope I am living my life in such a manner that this is obvious for all to see. Dear Jesus, please let the wind of the Spirit blow and move in and through us like a gentle prevailing wind.
Kirk Out !
P.s. Ask yourself…. as a believer, are you shaping the world around you or is the world and its ways shaping you?