“Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God”
I am God-hardwired as an optimist.
Here’s the problem. He also wired me as a realist. If the glass is empty, I can’t declare it half-full.
My cleaned up Sunday best is galaxies away from the majority of children who attend public schools in the same neighborhoods of our churches.
An elementary school teacher tells me that less than 10% of children in her classroom share a family meal table with parents. Most leave with a plate of food to another room to watch television or play video games.
Parent’s are too tired to visit with children and too dried out of Spirit to teach.
Too often it is at school—rather than home—where children first learn common courtesy and are taught that four letter cuss words are not proper speech—especially for six-year-old.
In stores and in my neighborhood one needn’t be an overly astute observer of humanity to see Satan’s presence. He is easily recognized since I see far too much of him in my own life.
The difference between neighborhood reality and me–is Jesus.
My blessing is to awake each morning with the Holy Spirit of Jesus as close as my beating heart.
Being a Christian Baby Boomer, raised in the Bible belt of the 50s and 60s my awareness of walking in sync with the Spirit came late in life.
As a new Christian I heard there was a Holy Spirit but didn’t learn of his presence.
Raised and educated to be a “rational Christian,” I had to learn to walk in sync with the Spirit at a later point in life. A more honest statement would be that I am still learning to walk in sync with the Holy Spirit.
Here is what I think.
Governments, laws, service clubs, and nonprofits are not going to change nor save schools and neighborhoods. All can make our world a better place to live.
However, there is not a government or a civic service group that holds the answer to sin and death.
It seems to me that sync walking would redirect Satan’s arrows back in his direction.
Now, let me return to my more comfortable optimistic thought process.
Only Jesus’ church holds the monopoly as a dispenser of grace.
Will you join me in a daily experiment? What if we paid closer attention to constant communication beaming from God’s Holy Spirit?
Might it cause me to smile at those I normally don’t even see? Might I say hello and offer a word of encouragement to someone shopping for “fix-it” items in my big box home store?
Can I say something kind to the undertrained frustration serving me as cashier?
Can I train myself to listen? Might the living God who loves His world have assignments for me throughout my day?
God has brighter bulbs in His chandelier than me.
However, I usually perceive in hindsight when my step was in unison with the Spirit. When I’ve tested the voice—more often than not—I recognize from the result if it was a “God-thing” or just a crazy idea.
If the thousands of us in my area of town who attend church services on Sunday would walk moment by moment in Spirit sync there just might be brighter lights shining a life-changing Jesus into the lives of our neighbors and the little ones in our schools.
Is it possible walking in sync with the Spirit could be a better way to walk than arguing “truth” with fellow believers?
Dr. Gary J. Sorrells – Reflecting on Cross Church