So many thoughts this morning …..
This is not the first, but perhaps it needs to come before the others.
In one of my posts I will talk about the help of a councilor. It’s not an area I know much about, but is one I respect. However, my thoughts are rooted in this:
I desire to share what God is giving me. BUT I am finding that not everyone can cope or engage with all the words I write! People communicate in different ways. Less is so often more!
So, I desire to find different ways that will help people with their journey the same way I have been helped with mine. As ever, there is no better way to find the answer than to look at Jesus. How did He share the truth He had? When I look at Jesus and what He said in his preaching and teaching along with His response to others, I see a man who very rarely gives a direct answer. A man that shifts the conversation so that it speaks into what a person needs to hear. Not only that but His answers then invite the listener to dig for more.
So how do I learn to do that?
The answer is so simple that it makes you wonder why it seems so complicated or evasive.
It is this:
Take up the invitation to follow Jesus – daily.
Learn to walk with Jesus in the same way that the disciples did. See what He does. Listen to His words and teaching. Take up the invitation to serve as He directs.
I realized this morning that the disciples, from the moment of their first invitation, were never without the close company and leadership of Jesus (in and through the Holy Spirit) except for two occasions. On both occasions they had to wait. Consider this:
They are called. They follow Jesus for 3 years learning who He is, following His lead, taking on His teaching and listening to His promises.
Jesus is crucified. The disciples’ world is torn apart. For two days they are paralyzed in fear and despair. They can do nothing. But although they don’t know it, they are waiting …..
Jesus is resurrected. His relationship with the disciples is re-established – as though on steroids. The impossible has happened and both His past and current teaching takes on a whole new level of meaning.
Jesus ascends to Heaven. Before He goes He tells the disciples to wait in Jerusalem for the promise of the Father – they are to be baptized in the Holy Spirit. They obey – they do seem to get it absolutely right this time. But they don’t do anything except choose someone to replace Judas and then they wait – as instructed. They are not trying to spread the Gospel, preach, teach or heal people. They simply wait. The point being that they could do nothing without this baptism of the Holy Spirit.
The same is true for us.
Consider this though. They knew Jesus. Jesus had said that He and the Father are one. In the same way the Holy Spirit is one with the Father and the Son. Given this – they recognize Him when He comes! They know His voice – as they have been so close to Jesus in those 3 years. Consider this as well – when Jesus said that whenever 2 or 3 meet in His name then He would be present what did He mean? I believe it means that the presence of Jesus and the Father is somehow found in the presence of the Holy Spirit. I can’t explain it – and I am quite happy with that. I simple believe it because my experience bares it out.
We need to get to know the true nature of God. We can do that through studying the scriptures, receiving teaching and reading books, but only so much. The disciples got to know Jesus through what they did together. His continual challenging and stretching not only changed who they were but also revealed who He was (is) and His heart for them.
The disciples would have been confused and lost when Jesus ascended to Heaven. They knew they could do nothing without Him and yet Jesus had given them a great commission, to go out into the world and make disciples of every nation. How on earth could they do that without Jesus?
However, when the Holy Spirit came in power they did not think, they simply acted. They were compelled to go out into the street, spoke in various tongues and even seemed drunk to some. What’s more they were used powerfully and 3000 people were added to the church that day. From that day on they knew that they could walk day by day close to the Holy Spirit in the same way they had with Jesus for those special 3 years. They realized that they were not alone and would never be alone from that day forward. The teacher was present in every moment of every thing they did. The teacher was still acting and then sending them to act empowered by Himself.
I recognize that I need to do the same. The same invitation is there for me. The same invitation is there for you. We just have to take it up. When we do then we will learn from the best, the Master Himself.
He is the one who will teach me how best to share what He gives me.
I too want to have a continuous walk with God in the same way the disciples did all those years ago!