Let anyone who has an ear listen to what the Spirit is saying to the churches.
~ Revelation 3:22
Sometimes I have to wonder what the Spirit of God is actually saying to us. I say this surrounded in prayer and solitude.
We live in a world where 8 second sound bytes fill the airways and there are more opportunities to "hear the story" so that it is easy for the truth to be lost.
While the world looks stares at "Breaking News" headlines, I am reminded that the Spirit is still moving, in very obvious places.
Yesterday I was stuck in traffic, and at one point I sat under a bridge in a U-Turn area for several minutes, waiting for traffic to pass. Yes, my radio was on the local news station as I listened to what was happening next. And then I turned and noticed a man sleeping in the shade of the concrete overpass.
I realized that I was forgetting that the important thing in our life is being the witness of Christ in the world, and how that witness of Christ is being lived out through us.
The Spirit of Jesus is the Spirit of Love. Jesus himself makes this clear when he speaks about the last judgment. There people will ask: "Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink?" and Jesus will answer: "In so far as you did this to one of the least ... of mine, you did it to me" (Matthew 25:37, 40).
Our greatest challenge is to remain focused on this. Jesus comes to us in the poor, the sick, the dying, the prisoners, the lonely, the disabled, the rejected. That is where we meet him, and that is where we learn to once again be that witness for others.
Stay in God's grip!
G. Todd Williams, (c) 2017
Dear Lord, help me to live my life with Your eyes today. May I see what it is that I need to see, and then may my words, hands and feet be Yours. Amen.
Rev. G. Todd Williams lives in the Houston metro area and is a Hospice Chaplain and ordained Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) pastor.