Wednesday July 21st, 2010
The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from or where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the spirit.
So there might be a meteorologist out there that might disagree with Jesus on this one. He might say that he knows where the wind comes from. It comes from the evaporation of water over the lakes and oceans that move the air around that they can map it all our on a world scale. An engineer might say that we know where it goes over or under the machines we designed and since we’ve used technology to unravel one of the mysteries of God, it seems to make God less mysterious.
I say that even though you think God is less mysterious, you must admit that makes God more wonderful. The fact that it took us thousands of years and so much technology to understand the ecosystem that God spoke into existence with only a few words makes God seem more wonderful. It’s easier to say that God created the world, and it’s true, and it gives God the glory, but to say that God made water so it would evaporate and hundreds of molecules evaporating at the same time over a nice sunny warm patch of ocean (not to mention that the boiling temperature of salt water is lower than fresh water so water evaporates faster in the ocean than in lakes) moves air around and that movement of air travels hundreds, if not thousands, of miles to land, then through valleys and over mountains and hills to bring that nice cool breeze on that hot summer day, and after the wind kisses you on the cheek, it travels on, pushing clouds over the land to water it so that the vegetation can grow and the beasts of the land can drink. The fact that there is wind allows us to have life on Earth. If there was no wind, there would be no life. (Unless God set up a different system.)
Since I am not a meteorologist or an engineer, I know very little about wind. (I think I just told you everything I know.) When it’s windy outside, I don’t try to figure out what body of water it came from and try to deduce if a storms coming because of it. I just appreciate it as wind and that’s all. Also, after it sweeps across my face and ruffles my hair, I don’t know where God is going to send it next. I do hear the sound of it and feel the affects, but I don’t see it and I can’t manipulate it with my own power. (I can displace a little amount of air and make some wind in my own power, but not enough to do anything useful.)
But I am born of the spirit. I show up where God sends me and do His work. But I have skills that don’t represent where I came from. Jesus did more than anyone thought of a carpenter. David did more than anyone thought of a shepherd that followed the sheep. (That’s the lowest shepherd position.) Peter did more than anyone thought of a fisherman. Nehemiah did more than anyone thought of a cup bearer. (He was the king’s food taster. If he died, the king’s food was poisoned. What a fun job.) I’m not bragging about how cool I am, but I am bragging about how cool God is and that He would use me, even though I don’t have the necessary qualifications of service. Wait… I take that back. I don’t have what the world would set as qualifications. I have what God requires. Surrender. I have surrendered my life to Jesus and that is all He required of me. Anything more would have been impossible for me to give. Even surrendering all of me is too much for me at times. I have to constantly be reminding myself that I am not my own man. I was bought for at a price and I am owned by God, to do His will. And even though He calls me child and friend, I still call Him Lord and Master, which means that I am His Servant, and I have no right to complain.
But more than that, He empowers me to do wonderful things. He gives me opportunity to use the giftings He’s given me for His glory and I am blessed (spiritually excited) to be a part of it. I don’t know when the Holy Spirit will move upon me next to do something great. It could be tomorrow, next week, or even tonight as I write this. I do know that we, as Christians, can miss out on His Works because we don give the Holy Spirit enough credit. We earn degrees in theology to prove that we know what we’re talking about and we have badges and medals and diplomas and other paraphernalia to prove that we are worth knowing or worth hiring. What if we just recognized God in each other? Why can’t two people of the same Spirit recognize and just fellowship with each other? Can we? Do we? I think we do to a certain degree. You don’t interview friends, but you do choose them. As Christians, do we choose friends that we see the Holy Spirit in? I do. If I see the Holy Spirit working in someone’s life, I want to get close to that person. My spirit yearns to connect with those who are following Christ. We are stronger as two or three than as one. (Check out Ecclesiastes 4:12 and Proverb 27:17)
Ask for the blessings and gifts of the Holy Spirit. I have asked for everyone that I’ve found and although He hasn’t seen it fit to give me them all, He has given me a lot of them. I don’t think I would have some of them if I didn’t specifically ask for them, but having them myself helps me see them in others. I’m not done yet either. I’m still asking for them. I’m still searching out the scriptures for these treasures that are a benefit to me both now on Earth and later in Heaven. I can earn the rewards in Heaven by using the gifts of the Spirit to bless those around me here on Earth. Not every reward in Heaven is gained by giving something up on Earth, but we must give up our pride and self-seeking nature. It’s hard to give up, but easy to take up again. People tell me that it’s impossible, but I don’t believe them. I’m going to keep trying. What is impossible for man is possible for God. (Check out Matthew 19:26, Mark 10:27, Luke 18:27, and Philippians 4:13.)