“I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.” Galatian 5:16-18
In Northern Uganda (and the US and the world over), there are people who want to be in ministry because they think it is an opportunity to make money and to connect with foreigners. It grieves my heart to see. There are ample pastors and ministers who are not shepherds, but wolves in sheep’s clothing. They are out for their own gain. You see them rising through the ranks of the local churches, praising the name of Jesus with their lips but living a lie. They can deceive the people around them for a time and a season, but eventually their sin is exposed and their ministries discredited. In the meantime, many of them hold large crusades with loud PA systems and big shows of what they claim is the anointing of the Holy Spirit. They profess to be moving in the Spirit, and call upon Him to do miracles, but they are living in the flesh and for themselves. They cannot have it both ways. Neither can we. Dim the lights, disconnect the speakers, and what you’re left with is a show and nothing more.
In contrast, I have met some incredible men and women of God on the mission field; local and international believers who have sacrificed MUCH and who live what they preach. They oftentimes are quieter, but their strength in the Lord speaks louder than the loudest PA systems blaring in my ears. They stand up against cultural norms and embrace the culture of Christianity by clasping their cross. They are led by the Spirit of God and their lives bear fruit that lasts. They have ministered to me time and time again, that God truly CAN do the impossible and unbelievable through a surrendered life.
I want that to be said of me. Don’t you?
If we are truly interested in being led by the Spirit, if we desire to see Him move and change the world (starting with us), then we must denounce the works of the flesh and pursue a life of holiness and integrity. There’s enough lip service and half-hearted devotion. There’s been more than enough compromise. It’s time for those who truly belong to the Lord to rise up in the midst of this perverse generation. This will mean making sacrifices, possibly losing relationships and being mocked or persecuted. But what is the alternative? A life only half lived, a purpose never fulfilled, joy unspeakable that we will sadly miss. I don’t want to miss one more opportunity!
Jesus came to give us abundant life. I want that, and I believe many of you do as well. What are we waiting for? Let us be led by the Spirit of the Living God, and see His Kingdom come on earth as it is in Heaven, as we step out of our comfort zones and let go of those things which hinder His work in us.