We can’t be Spirit-led
If we’re unwilling
To move ahead.
Christians who don’t learn to be led by the Spirit are missing out on what it means to be a child of God. (See Romans 8:14.)
If Christians won’t learn to be led by the Spirit when they gather with friends in church, it’s much harder to learn it in a hostile world. Being led by the Spirit can’t be taught by sermons or lectures. It can only be learned by doing it–by actually listening to and obeying the Spirit.
If Christians knew how to be led by the Spirit as well as we know how to be led by our own desires, we’d experience continual miracles People who are led by the Spirit radiate the fruit of the Spirit and experience the gifts of the Spirit throughout the day.
When Christians are listening to and following Jesus, the “Good Shepherd,” they don’t need to be fenced in by religious rules. The best use of human free will is to continually choose to be led by God’s Spirit, not by our own opinions, feelings, and desires. We can’t be Spirit-led if we ignore or resist the Spirit’s inner promptings.
Who should be acclaimed by Christians? The Holy Spirit wants to keep the living Jesus front and center–”Christ alone, Cornerstone!” God said that He will share His glory with no man. How can a true ministry to proclaim Jesus carry a preacher’s name? Self-heralding is not Gospel preaching! Every Christ-follower is called to be a “fellow servant in the Lord”–to proclaim the Gospel in a dark world and to demonstrate the reality of the Gospel by serving one another in holiness and loving their enemies.
Humans like to count things, but we often neglect to count what counts the most. Jesus is the life. Let Him freely live inside you. Jesus is the truth. Let Him lead you to total honesty. Jesus is the way. Follow Him to peace and joy.
To people who proclaim
The Gospel under their own name
But only to the One who is proclaimed.