Friday, February 23, 2018
Read: Galatians 5:22-26
22But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. 24And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.
Will you let the light of Christ Spirit shine out of you today or will your circumstances so grip you that you come out sideways with anger, frustration, anxiety, impatience or despair?
I am aware that my heart, mind, soul and strength can be constantly flipping channels. Like going from the News to the Olympics, from the agony of defeat to the joys of victory. Maybe you’ve experienced this driving. One minute singing along to Christian radio and feeling God’s loving presence and in the next angrily berating that idiot in the Smart car that just cut you off. Left to myself, I am a fickle flip-flopper, prone to lose anchor and wander.
So Paul says, its better to “live by the Spirit” and so be anchored in love, joy, peace and that other good stuff. But what does it mean to live by the Spirit? I have a body and appetites and desires that are far more than ethereal. And my body and desires are God given, so living by the Spirit cannot mean our body and desires mean nothing. For our sake Jesus came to dwell in a human body and that means a lot.
What if it means surrender, now? Surrender of your body, your desires, your circumstances, your gifts and aspirations. What if it means surrendering – everything – now? What if it means surrender to the wisdom, will and way of God (specifically to his Spirit within you), now? Could it be an invitation to surrender to His loving presence within?
When I actively surrender to him and trust him to work in me and through me, then I can experience the fruit flowing from me. I can welcome everything around me with gratitude. I welcome the victory and the agonies. I can welcome all my thoughts, feelings, emotions, and persons, situations, and conditions. A posture of surrender opens my heart, soul, mind and strength to the Spirit’s presence, love and power. This is the anchor of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness (40+ days of it), goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control. Will you surrender to the light of Christ Spirit today?
Father, I desire to live and walk by your Spirit of love. I surrender to you and welcome your presence, power and loving action within me, now. Amen.