When an organization is run with ‘Military Precision’ it runs like a well-oiled machine. Everyone knows their job and does their bit perfectly… repeatedly… mechanically. Many fast food franchises function in this way. Doing so creates a marvelous standardization. The burger I get in Kamloops will be identical to The burger I get from the same chain in Charlottetown. Efficiency! Wow!
When it comes to walking, the army has that down pat too.. left, right, left right… as Pastor Steve alluded to Sunday. A thing of beauty to behold.
I might be turning his illustration inside out a bit, but I really don’t think he’ll mind. Fact is, some folk fear yielding fully to the Holy Spirit, thinking Him a military taskmaster shouting “left, right, left, right” commands for the Glory of the kingdom. They fear such surrender is like assimilation by the Borg (Star Trek fans will understand) or losing their identity to the underground machinery of the Metropolis (Classic film buffs will know). But walking in step with the Holy Spirit is nothing like that. Walking in step with the Holy Spirit is like finding your own feet for the very first time! “He makes my feet like the feet of a deer,” wrote David, “He causes me to stand on the heights.” (Psalm 18:33).
But you do need to stay alert. There are rocks on the path, wet and gooey bits that can grab at your boots like quicksand, and there are bunny trails… alluring one’s with pretty sights and tempting smells. Avoid them. Avoid them all.
The world, the flesh, and the devil: these are the snares along the way. But we have in the Holy Spirit a good guide. He is our Wisdom, “Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.” (1 Cor. 1:18), “Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God” (v.29). Wisdom, writes Solomon, will steer you on the good path, the path of righteous, the path of life. (See Prov. 2). “…in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” (Prov. 3:5,6).
The Holy Spirit has come to us as a gift from Jesus, as He said, “I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever…he lives with you and will be in you… the Holy Spirit… will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.” (John 14:16-26).
Walking in the Spirit will not make you just another cog in a wheel…. going round and round, getting nowhere. Walking in the Spirit will put you on a straight path with a destination at the end and fulfillment along the way. It’s the best way to walk.
To hear Pastor Steve’s message on “Walking in the Spirit” go to the Lincoln Baptist Church website and look under “Media” and click on the Sunday, Feb. 24 message.