If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit. (ESV)
This may not seem like a verse suited for the first Sunday in Advent, but consider for a moment the last time you even thought about Advent. If you are part of a more liturgical church, Advent may play a more prominent role, yet for most of our culture it plays no role at all. Even many Christians get caught up in the stress of year-end activities in the mad rush toward Christmas.
Advent is a slower time. It is about the build up toward and the expectation of the birth of God in the flesh. It points us toward Jesus, and that is precisely the role of the Holy Spirit. He is the quiet member of the Trinity. Sadly, for many, He is the forgotten member as well. Yet He dwells within each person who has been redeemed by the blood of Christ, directing them gently toward all truth and helping them lead a life worthy of Jesus.
I have known Jesus my entire life, but it has taken that entire life to learn how to walk in step with the Holy Spirit. I need this verse every day, and especially at this time of year. How about you? Would it not be nice to follow the gentle leading of God the Spirit rather than running from the lash of the demands of this, that, and the other thing?
Copyright © 2014 by Steven R. Perkins