“Are You Singing?”
"Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit."
~Galatians 5:25 (NIV1984)
Have you ever met someone who seemed to have a song in their heart? Not only do they smile from ear-to-ear, they seem to have an extra bounce to their step when they walk. You may have even asked, "Why are you so happy?" It's evident they have discovered oneness with God.
It's thrilling to imagine when the Holy Spirit came at Pentecost. I see singing and laughter. I picture grown men acting like silly little girls. They had received the Holy Spirit and were twirling and dancing together as One body, just as Christ predicted! Peter even had to justify their behavior saying “No, we are not drunk.”
In Revelation 2:1-7, Jesus speaks to the church of Ephesus. What an outstanding church this must have been. They worked in unison. They persevered and absolutely did not tolerate wickedness. However, they were lacking something. They had forgotten their first love. They had forgotten to call on the Holy Spirit; to listen to the small still voice that would speak truth to their hearts and souls. They had forgotten to take the hand of our Guide and to listen.
"But I have this [one charge to make] against you: that you have left (abandoned) the love that you had at first [you have deserted Me, your first love](Rev. 2:4AMP)."
I have been there too. Like the church of Ephesus, I forgot that life in the Spirit is a dance, but only when we allow Him to lead. At the time, I served as a public school teacher. All day long, students filed in and out of my classroom. Immediately after school, I went to a ministry position that carried a great deal of responsibility. I confess that I did not set apart quality time for quiet time with the Lord. I was out of step. I was self-sufficient. I was constantly on the run.
Sound familiar? Do you feel like the proverbial hamster in the cage, running circles on the wheel?
Jesus told the church of Ephesus to REPENT! He tells us to do the same!
"Repent (change the inner man to meet God’s will) and do the works you did previously [when first you knew the Lord](Rev 2:5AMP)."
James McCracken , my son’s father-in-law and lead pastor of his church, shared, “We must identify and understand that which threatens our ability to flourish.” This is profound! This takes prayer and crying out to the Holy Spirit to guide us and show us. Then, it requires obedience to follow His lead. Therein is our joy, our dance, our song!
Are you singing today? Dancing? A song written by Matt Redman, “10,000 Reasons” has recently stirred my soul. May this be your song of worship today...
As we come before you to celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit, we thank you for this incredible gift. We confess that we do not call on the Spirit to be our guide as we should. We feel self-sufficient. We can live this life in our own power. Forgive us. We want to be spinning in glory of you, allowing You to lead us in this dance of life, worshipping you in Spirit and in truth. Help us, the universal Church to pursue holiness, our earthly mission. As we begin each new day, send your Spirit and help us to keep singing and pointing others to Your love song.
In Jesus Name, Amen.
Cheryl is the grateful wife of 36 years to Ken. They have two children and five granddaughters. Previously a public school teacher, she now spends much of her week doing pastoral care for her church, Newark Church of the Nazarene. She is a Woven Woman: a Woman of Virtue!