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LED BY THE SPIRIT: PART ONE

Led by the Spirit: Part One

 

1 … When I came to you, I did not come with eloquence or human wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God. For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. I came to you in weakness with great fear and trembling. My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power. 1 Corinthians 2:1-5 (NIV)

 

Paul begins this chapter in Corinthians proclaiming his own weaknesses and fears.  I don’t know about you but I usually don’t begin greeting people by telling them all my faults. Paul isn’t bragging about any gifts/talents he might have.  He is not a professional speaker trained in the art of persuasive verbiage, and he does not consider himself a wise person. The one thing, or should I say person, he is absolutely sure of is Jesus Christ and him crucified.  

 

We all have gifts/talents God can and will use for His purpose.  Many times our talents can be used in our church home for God’s glory.  I like to teach, cook, bake, and decorate.  I really never considered these talents or gifts; they are things I enjoy doing because it brings joy to others which brings me joy.  I love seeing the expressions on people’s faces when they taste something I have cooked and really like it.  Or when people walk into a room I have decorated and get a look of wonder and wow! Truly, I am not being proud here.  I just like to bring joy into the lives of others.  I believe the Holy Spirit likes to bring joy into our lives through others, don’t you?  Especially when both they and I are blessed.

 

Another talent/gift I have is making sure things are clean and organized particularly in the kitchen and bathroom.  If I am being honest, I don’t consider this a talent either but more a ‘pet peeve’.  I can remember cleaning the bathrooms in a large church I used to attend because the cleaning crew didn’t make it one particular weekend.  There I was at the early service on a Sunday morning, in a dress and 4 inch heels mind you, with a toilet brush in one hand and a can of Lysol in the other running around from bathroom to bathroom pushing a utility cart.  I totally missed the entire first service because there were a lot of toilets, men and women’s, that needed cleaning.  I did not do this because it was a gift/talent.  I did it because God showed me a need in the body of Christ that needed immediate attention.  Has the Holy Spirit every led you to something you were not expecting but was necessary?       

 

The Holy Spirit brings various situations into our path for a reason.  It is up to us to listen and obey, or to walk away.  It may not be something you are gifted/talented at.  In fact, you might even feel it is beneath you or out of your comfort zone.  If we could ask ourselves this question, “What would the Holy Spirit have me do that would help my local church body and my community?”  It doesn’t have to be a gift, talent, calling, etc… in order for us to fulfill a need.  There are things we should all be doing for God’s glory which have nothing to do with talents/gift and everything to do with the teachings of Christ.  Taking care of the poor, feeding the hungry, visiting the sick, taking care of widows and orphans just to name a very few.  This is the leading of the Holy Spirit, when we do these things in the name of Jesus Christ and for His glory alone.

 

I sometimes forget what God tells Paul in 2 Corinthians 12-9,

 

“… My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness”.

 

He doesn’t say anything here about gifts or talents.  It is His grace and the wisdom and the power of the Holy Spirit which lives inside us all as believers of Jesus Christ.  Why does Paul go to such great lengths to convince readers/hearers of this letter he is an imperfect human?  What do you think gave Paul the courage, strength and wisdom he needed?  I believe he wanted to be sure to give God all the glory and was being led by the Spirit. 

 

Always loving our Lord,

Lori Robbins

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