“And now, compelled by the Spirit, I am going to Jerusalem, not knowing what will happen to me there. I only know that in every city the Holy Spirit warns me that prison and hardships are facing me. However, I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me–the task of testifying to the gospel of God’s grace. Acts 20:22-24 (NIV)
Where do you think I will guide you? What do you think I will ask of you? Isn’t that a question that is impossible to answer? If I were to see where I am today, say, thirty years ago, I would be more than surprised. I would be shocked. I could have never predicted where you have guided me and what you have asked of me. Not really. Not really? Can you explain, I don’t understand. Let me ask you some questions. I’m listening. Would you agree that I have asked you to serve others? Would you agree that I have asked you to use your gifts and talents and abilities to serve me? Would you agree that I have asked you to leave the comfortable and familiar to do what was uncomfortable and unfamiliar? Would you agree that I have even asked you to do something that was difficult and dangerous? Would you agree that I have asked you to do what was far beyond your gifts and talents, abilities, and resources? Would you agree that going and doing what I have asked you would cause you to rely on me? Would you agree that I would cause your faith in me to grow as you have continued to rely on me? Finally, would you agree that I have asked you to bear fruit for my kingdom, bring glory to my name, and shine brightly for me in the world? Are there any mysteries here? Do any of these questions surprise you? Could you not have predicted that I would do this kind of work in and through you? No, I guess I have come to understand quite a bit about your will and ways, purposes, and plans. None of these questions have surprised me. There is no mystery here for me. Will you continue to welcome me to work in and through your life in these ways? Yes Lord, I will. I am at your service. Use me, work in and through me. Yes, I will. Thank you, Lord.
Holy Spirit, I welcome your guidance into my life. I am willing to go and do whatever you ask of me. Use me fully in your service. Help me to minister to others. Help me to share the Good News of the Gospel. Help me to complete all the tasks you give to me. Amen
Key Question… Why can you be sure that the Holy Spirit will often compel you to go and do something for Him?
Living It Out… Be ready and willing to do what the Holy Spirit asks you to go and do for Him.
Seeing It Happen… Have faith that the Holy Spirit will compel you to go and do things for Him.
Get Ready To Share… Share with another person or your small group how you are going and doing what the Holy Spirit asks of you.
Prayer To Bless Others… May you follow the Holy Spirit’s leading to go where He guides you to do what He asks of you.
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