BIBLE READING: 2 Tim 1: 3 - 4 3 Timothy, I thank God for you—the God I serve with a clear conscience, just as my ancestors did. Night and day I constantly remember you in my prayers. 4 I long to see you again, for I remember your tears as we parted. And I will be filled with joy when we are together again.
What does the passage mean to you?
BLOG: It's Saturday morning, and I am standing here in my office, putting the finishing touches on tomorrow's services.
I am reminded how the Saturday Evening Post described an Assemblies of God church service as being something like a football game. You know when it starts, that there are four quarters and a half time. But you have no idea what is going to happen in between.
Sure, I walk up to the platform with an order of service. I have a list of the songs we are going to sing, a few announcements and sermon notes. But there is something more.
John 3:8 The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit."
In this passage, the Holy Spirit is compared to the wind. What do we know about the wind? It is refreshing, it is powerful, you cannot control it, and it is unpredictable.
The question is, do you expect the Holy Spirit to be unpredictable in your life tomorrow?
Too often, people leave church saying, "That was pointless." "I'm bored." or "Nothing new happened." Why? I can understand saying that if a church and its leadership have no vision or desire to change. But the question is, did you come to be served or to serve? Did you come to receive or to give?
Tomorrow, in church, rather than saying, "I like or dislike that song." or "The music is too loud or my chair is too soft." ask, "Holy Spirit, what do you want me to do today?" That is an act of service unto your Lord and Savior Jesus Christ that will transform you Sunday.
PRAY: Dear Jesus, what can I do to serve You today? AMEN