“You ever hear the little joke,” Stan began, “about the uncoordinated person who is described as not being able to walk and chew gum at the same time?”
“Yes, I have,” I replied. “You’re right, it’s a little joke, with the emphasis on ‘little’!”
“Okay,” Stan said, “how about the person who can’t think and talk at the same time. Or how about the person who can’t be led by the Holy Spirit and follow at the same time.”
“That’s not so little,” I replied.
“You’re right, my friend,” Stan said. “It’s big. And I was thinking about this whole subject this morning when I was reading the apostle Paul’s letter to the church in Galatia.”
“Paul was not writing about being physically uncoordinated, or being unable to do two things at the same time,” Stan continued, “but I think he definitely was writing about my being spiritually uncoordinated, spiritually inept, at times.”
“Spiritually uncoordinated and inept?” I replied. “What do you mean?”
“The verse I was focusing on from Paul’s letter mentions walking by the Spirt if I claim to be living by the Spirit.”
“But,” Stan continued, “way too often my walk does not match what I say. Oh, I may be quick to say that I am being led by the Holy Spirit who is living in me, but what I do does not match what I say.”
“Easy to say, but harder to do,” I responded.
“Exactly,” Stan replied, “but as I am open, truly open, to following the leading of the Holy Spirit, my walk with Him will match what I say about His presence and role in my life.”
If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit. Galatians 5:25.
Prayer: Thank you, Father, for the presence of the Holy Spirt in me. Thank you that He is in me to help, counsel, guide, and lead me in the way you want me to go with you. I confess that way too often my walk in following Him does not match what I say about His presence. Please forgive me. And please help me in following His lead in everything, whatever the cost and whatever the direction. Thank you I can and do bring these prayers before you in the name of Jesus. Amen.
Things to think (and journal) about:
1. What is your biggest take-away from this devotional?
2. What does this devotional say about God and about us as His people?
3. What is God saying to you to do personally?
4. Who can you share this with to make a difference?
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