Be Led by the Spirit
Ron Harmon, Council of Twelve Apostles
Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness, where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing at all during those days, and when they were over, he was famished…When the devil had finished every test, he departed from him until an opportune time. Then Jesus, filled with the power of the Spirit, returned to Galilee, and a report about him spread through all the surrounding country. -Luke 4:1-2; 13
Several years ago, I found myself in a wilderness of sorts. I was running from one church activity to the next. Exhausted, I found it increasingly difficult to find meaning and renewal in the frantic pace of church life. It was like watching an action movie in which I was the lead actor living someone else’s script. How did things get so out of hand?
It was about this time I began work on the Leading Congregations in Mission pilot design. I became painfully aware that I was trapped in a wilderness of busyness with little time to be fully awake to God’s movement in me and around me. My deep yearnings led to writing the words of the Mission Prayer. I needed a simple reminder that it was not about my agenda, but the Spirit’s leadings into a fuller way of life in the Spirit with others.
For me the temptation was busyness, the illusion that I was somehow in control when the opposite was true. The words “God, where will your Spirit lead today?” were a radical shift from my attempts to engineer a path to the future. As I prayed these words each day I sensed a growing affirmation of the Spirit. “Help me be fully awake and ready to respond” became my daily challenge to slow down and be fully present with others. I began to look for less efficient and more relational ways to communicate with others.
I wish I could I say am now fully awake. What I can say is that I have caught glimpses of a much more fulfilling and Spirit-led way of life. Not every meeting must end with an action plan. Moments of simple conversation can be transformative, and I am surprised at what I never noticed before.
We are one in Christ.
Week Three: Co-Creating the Future with God
World Conference is an invitation to co-create the future with God as we discern where the Spirit is leading on a variety of topics that have impact for the church and the world. An important part of discernment is releasing our own agendas to become more available to God’s bigger vision. Gently notice what you are carrying into this experience that the Spirit may be inviting you to release. Notice also where you feel the life-giving Spirit opening up new possibilities and ways of seeing that you are invited to embrace.
Today’s Prayer for Peace
Engage in a daily practice of praying for peace in our world. Click here to read today’s prayer and be part of this practice of peace.