New International Version (NIV)
49 I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.”
Can you imagine attempting to lead someone into a forest, up a mountain, across the ocean, or even through a city you have never been to? To make matters worse, what if you had to do it without a map, GPS, or cell phone?
Our faith can sometimes feel this way. We feel overwhelmed by the amount of information that is contained in the Bible. We feel the weight of temptation and sin everyday. We struggle to keep denominations straight. We aren’t quite sure what we should or shouldn’t wear on a Sunday morning, and we shrink back from the thought of sharing our faith or reaching out in love because we don’t have all the answers.
But thankfully God did not leave us blind and Jesus was not content to leave us wandering around without a guide. In the book of Acts Jesus sends the Helper, The Holy Spirit, to assist HIs people. The Spirit is always speaking to believers: guiding, instructing, interpreting scripture, and speaking on our behalf.
Our responsibility is to learn to listen, learn to quiet our own desires and thoughts, and learn to follow His promptings. Have you ever talked yourself out of doing something good like give money or time to someone in need? How about volunteering? How about showing love to someone who is a jerk?
Do we rationalize the prompts and move on, or are we open? The choice to be love, say love, and do love is ours! We don’t have to have all the answers, we just have to respond.
Are you willing to let the Spirit lead?
How will you show love this week?