Are you driven or are you led? Not in reference to whether or not you are a leader or a follower, not your personality type (we driven, high D folks know who we are!), but from a spiritual context… are you driven or led?
If we walk by the Spirit we are led. If we walk by our own desires and abilities we are driven. Someone reflecting on the mysteries of walking by the Spirit said, “I think we need to pull in the oars and put up the sail.” In other words we must trust and walk each moment by faith, knowing that the Lord is leading us, guiding us, directing us and putting wind in our sails.
I’ve noticed in my walk with the Lord that when I walk by the Spirit, I stop striving and start trusting on a new level. Things that use to bother me no longer bother me and I am more at peace knowing that God is guiding me every step of the way. I don’t worry anymore. Martin Luther said, “Pray, and let God worry.”
Nothing is wrong with having high, lofty goals for your life or your church, but we must not forget where the real power comes from for ministry and for our personal walk. The Holy Spirit empowers us to do ministry.
Jesus said in John 15:5, “I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.” Let’s be honest. Do we really believe this verse? Can we change “nothing” to “a few things” or “something?” After all I am a seminary graduate with decades of ministry experience! Jesus said apart from His power and leadership we can do nothing. That verse convicts me, what about you?
Today will you cease striving and be led?
“For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.” (Romans 8:14.) When we come to the end of our abilities, energy, resources, self sufficiency and pride; we discover His and I have found that He has much more than me!
Today choose to walk by the Spirit and live the adventure of following and being led by Christ as a disciple.