At the end of each year many of us will commit time to hear from the Holy Spirit. We ponder and meditate in hopes of receiving our “word” for the new year. #RadioDudes and local pastors will base an entire message series on their word, or words. There will be blog posts galore about “My word for 2017.” They’re kind of like spiritual or emotional resolutions. I’m cool with that, but this year it’s not for me.
This time it’s different. I have chosen, with intent, to not seek out the Lord for a word. Rather, I’m committing to meditating on and hoping the words of Jesus in the gospels will go deeper in my spirit and soul through the working in of the Holy Spirit. I want to seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness. I want to know God’s voice.
I’m not looking for a spiritual silver bullet or magical fix. Rather, it’s the continued desire for the transformation of my heart and that of my world, because each day I learn how my words and actions have impacted someone; whether it’s at work, in the community or online. I’m also learning how the thoughts and actions of others impact me. The balance and catalyst of my life must be found in the life of Jesus, his words, his actions and the movement of the Holy Spirit. It’s risky, but worth doing.
May we seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness. May we make disciples who follow Jesus. May we desire going to the margins of life more than going to church. May we be led by the Holy Spirit to live an extraordinary life in ordinary places. May we discover Jesus in the mundane moments and simplicity of life. May we hear the whisper of God’s voice in the loudness of our daily chaos. May grace and peace flow from us. May we be transformed to be like Jesus.