- Wednesday, June 17, 2009
This is what spiritual engagement is all about. It’s a daring, vital faith in Christ. It’s the fullest work of God’s Spirit in the human life. And it is yours for the asking.
We need to get fired up again, my friend. We need revival. Many Christians have been to the cross for pardon, but they’ve never been to Pentecost for power. We don’t need another historical Pentecost, but do we ever need the revival that took place in the hearts of those gathered that day. And God is looking for any man, any woman, who is responsive to him and responsive to his Spirit, to accomplish great things in and through that person. Second Chronicles 16:9 says it this way: “The eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to give strong support to those whose heart is blameless toward him.” It’s an all-out search—a search for you and for me.
Oliver Cromwell, the seventeenth-century leader of England, was once concerned about a lack of silver coinage in his country. He commissioned a group of soldiers to scour the countryside in search of silver they could use to make additional coins. The soldiers returned from their trek and informed Cromwell that the only silver to be found was in the statues of the saints standing in the country’s many cathedrals. “Good!” Cromwell said with a wry smile. “Go melt those saints and get them in circulation!”3
It’s my deepest wish for you and me both that because of the Spirit’s all-consuming, all-powerful fire we’ll be melted into the image of Christ, fully and completely engaged, and that we’ll be put into circulation for him.
Think for a moment about your spiritual journey to date. There have probably been some highs and some lows, but as you consider the questions below, only take into account where you see yourself now. On a scaleof1 to 10—1 meaning “sputtering along”and10 meaning “absolutely prevailing,” where do you rank your spiritual life?
What infractions have sidelined you in life thus far? How would your life be different if Christ were given complete freedom to remove those sinful patterns for you now?
Do you find it easy or difficult to wait on God before moving forward with a determined course of action? In what areas might God be asking you to wait on him today?
Do you believe that you are destined for great, God-ordained things in your future? What is the primary emotion you feel as you consider the prospect of God accomplishing great things through you?
Powering Up: The Fulfillment and Fruit of a God-Fueled Life
Copyright 2009 by Jack Graham
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