We gather each week and wait for the prompt. The word Kate’s chosen for us to take five minutes to write about. The prompt comes out and we are prompted to go in one direction or another. Sometimes it’s something funny or memorable. Other times it’s deeper than that…a lesson we’ve learned. Or need to.
There’s a work of the Holy Spirit that can’t be denied, whether it’s in writing or in life. One of the Spirit’s jobs is to prompt, to nudge, to direct, to guide…and sometimes to even yell…until we move in the direction that God is asking us to move.
There are times that following the prompting is easy. Just like in writing, the words flow off my fingers without much thought. Sometimes the obedience is just that easy too.
Other times, I choke one word out at a time. Backing up and erasing, rewording, and rethinking every single word. Just like the days that obedience falters and I back-pedal, instead of taking the step I’m called to take.
Paul wrote to the Thessalonians,
So we keep on praying for you, asking our God to enable you to live a life worthy of his call. May he give you the power to accomplish all the good things your faith prompts you to do. 2 Thessalonians 1:11
That’s the key. My faith prompts me to do something, but I don’t have to do it on my own. God’s power completes the prompting. My job is only to step forward.
And when I do?
Then the name of our Lord Jesus will be honored because of the way you live, and you will be honored along with him. 2 Thessalonians 1:12a
That’s the end all of every prompting…that Jesus will be honored.
I’ll need to keep that in mind next time I feel the Spirit nudge.
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