Forgotten God / Chapter 4 [2]

Moving beyond the “why do you desire the Holy Spirit” … Francis Chan now asks us to consider this:

Do you want to lead or be led?

There are many paradoxes within the Christian faith, this is one of them.  It seems that Christ is calling us to follow Him – not lead the way with Him following us.  However, in following Him, Jesus asks us to lead others to follow Him as well.  So in a sense, we are followers, but we are also asked to be leaders.

He is looking for both.  He uses both.  Although, in order to be a leader, one must first be a follower.  Such is the case when it comes to the Holy Spirit and our will (personal desires, goals, dreams, expectations, etc): He leads and we follow.

So, then, back to Chan’s question: when it comes the Holy Spirit and us, who leads whom?  Deep down, when each day is over, when our aspirations in life are being planned out, do we honestly want to be led by the Spirit … or do we not trust Him to do a good enough job?  When you became a Christian, and handed over your life to Christ, did you really let go of it, or do you still hold on – just in case things get too “out-of-control”?

I honestly believe that most of us – while we might say we want to be led by the Spirit – are actually scared of this reality.  I know I am.  What would it mean?  What if He asks you to give up something you’re not ready to give up?  What if He leads you where you don’t want to go?  What if He tells you to change jobs?  To move?  Are you willing to surrender to Him, no matter where He wants to take you?  Am I?

The fact is that God is calling.  The Spirit is beckoning.  The real question is will you follow?  Will you listen?

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When it comes to helping others grow in their faith, we are to be leaders.  When it comes to growing in our own faith, though, we are to be followers.  To some, God has already called you.  To others, God is calling you to Himself.  Either way, are you listening to what He is saying?

Today, how will you respond?  How will you follow?

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