Now that the week is in full swing, we are all preoccupied with the affairs of the world. Sunday’s sermon is starting to feel miles away and it has been replaced in our mind by reports, documents, papers and deadlines. Sunday we were on top of the world believing that “with God nothing is impossible” (Luke 1:37) but today we are slowly descending towards “this world is impossible.” The best way to avoid the descent is to be proactive. Today I would like to encourage you to stay connected to the Holy Spirit. You most likely felt the Spirit on Sunday if you were in church or you listened to a sermon at home. The Holy Spirit was sent to us as a Helper. Jesus said in John 14:26 “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you.” The Holy Spirit will help us remember those empowering statements made during the Sunday sermon. He will keep us plugged in and He will guide us throughout the week. You may be wondering how. I found the answer in another scripture that I had neglected for a long time. In John 3:6, Jesus declared that “Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit.” There are two parts to this scripture. The first part describes what happens if we just focus on the flesh. The flesh here symbolizes the world, our earthly ways and dependence on man. 1 Corinthians chapter 3 gives us more insight on what it is like to be of the flesh. In a nutshell, a person of the flesh is someone who is an infant in Christ and someone who lets the flesh rule him or her. Being ruled by the flesh implies that we easily give in to strife, to anger to impatience, bitterness, despair and other negative traits. Another important component is that being of the flesh we tend to rely on ourselves more than on God. We take matters into our own hands and before you know it, Thursday is here and things have only gotten worse.The second part of John 3:6 is the one that outlines how to stay in the Spirit. If we want to stay in the Spirit we have to seek things that pertain to the Spirit. Throughout the week we should surround ourselves with reminders of God’s goodness. We should look at scriptures, communicate with fellow Christians and more importantly we should strive to display the fruit of the Spirit. When anger strikes, let’s strike back with kindness. It is inside somewhere and it just wants to come to life. Letting God being in control is another amazing way to let “the Spirit give birth to the spirit” because we are acting in obedience. The Spirit wants us to follow the Lord as an example and to talk to Him and praise Him as much as we can. Today Tuesday you might have a pile of paperwork to go through but remember to honor the Lord who gave you the opportunity to have that pile of paperwork in the first place. Let’s tackle every task and every endeavor for the rest of the week allowing the Spirit to give birth to the spirit. Let’s stay connected to the Holy Spirit so the fruit can grow and so we can grow as well and transform the infant in us into an adult in Christ. Amen!
Suggested reading: 1 Corinthians 3:1-23; Galatians 5:17; Romans 8:1-9