We’ve been on vacation the past couple of weeks . . . hanging out with some good friends . . . enjoying the blessings of our great God. Yesterday they had to head home . . . we head back in a couple of days. Before dropping them off for their flight home, we stopped at a museum near the airport. As we got out of the car, a large jet passed over head as it approached the runway. Sue looked up and commented something like, “I’m amazed at how planes fly.” We all looked up . . . said, “Yeah” . . . and carried on. Certainly we were all amazed . . . but not really amazed. Pretty commonplace . . . our friends would be boarding one soon . . . mostly kind of amazed . . . for a moment.
And as I’m reading the last part of Galatians 5 this morning . . . as Paul fights against a heresy that claims the Christian life is somehow performance based . . . as he reveals something of the “aero dynamic” of the Holy Spirit’s active agency . . . I wonder how often I am “kind of amazed” at the Spirit’s person and work . . . when I should be jaw-dropping, really amazed!
But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. . . . But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. . . . If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit. (Galatians 5:16, 18, 25 ESV)
I read a book this week (“Delighting in the Trinity” by Michael Reeves . . . recommend it . . . check it out) that portrayed how the Spirit wires us into the fellowship that exists between, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit . . . how He engages us in the depths of understanding of the Father’s love for the Son . . . and His desire to extend it to those His Son has redeemed as His own. As we come to know and enjoy the Spirit, we come to know and enjoy the fellowship He has with the Father and Son . . . having given us new life, the Spirit doesn’t then move on, but takes up residence within us to make that life blossom and grow.
Thus the believer can “walk by the Spirit” . . . we can be “led by the Spirit” . . . we can “live by the Spirit” . . . and, we can “keep in step with the Spirit.” Kind of amazing? . . . or really, try and wrap your head around that, type of amazing.
But, like watching an airplane land, how easy it is to just say, “Yeah, amazing” . . . and then carry on?
O’, how I want to know Him. To, more and more, recognize His voice . . . to be led by Him . . . to walk in Him . . . to keep in step with Him . . . to live in Him . . . that I might know the Son as He does . . . that I might love the Father as the Son does . . . that I might experience, to some degree, the fullness of fellowship my Triune God knows . . .
. . . that which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. (1John 1:3. ESV)
Kind of amazing? . . . or so amazing!?!