Tuesday, July 10, 2007

In the meantime…

So, what do we do while we are waiting for God to release us into a new place of life or ministry? Paul had a deep desire to travel and preach in the province of Asia. However, the “Spirit of Jesus” was not allowing him to make that move. He was being held back from his desires. So, what did Paul do? Did he just sit, wait, and do nothing until he was released into Asia? Absolutely not. He continued to aggressively and tirelessly perform his ministry in the places God had given him. He didn’t sit on his hands. He didn’t pout. He got about the work of God.
"Paul and his companions traveled throughout the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been kept by the Holy Spirit from preaching the word in the province of Asia." Acts 16:6
Do you have a desire for the next thing? Do you feel a calling to something else but just don’t feel the release yet? Don’t push the Spirit or jump the gun. On the other hand, don’t use it as an excuse to do nothing. God may not be done using you in the place he currently has you.

One other item of extreme importance in these passages is Paul’s sensitivity to the Spirit. Paul had an ear for the Spirit and he had a heart to obey the Spirit. We too must be sensitive to the guidance and timing of the Holy Spirit.


Peter Kirk said...

Thanks. I needed a reminder of this.

BMorgan said...

A good encouragement to be content where God has us- Thanks

George said...

An appropriate message to keep us praying for wisdom to discern our next steps while we keep working right where we are.

Thanks for saying it.

Anonymous said...

This was a great encouragement for me to think through