What does make you tick? What is the driving force in your life? Who is the chief energizer of your activity? It does matter what we choose and how we live our lives. Like A.W. Tozer has said “No matter what a man does, no matter how successful he seems to be in any field, if the Holy Spirit is not the chief energizer of his activity, it will all fall apart when he dies.”
Life is short and without Jesus the outlook is pretty grim. But with Jesus we have everything:
It’s in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for. Long before we first heard of Christ and got our hopes up, he had his eye on us, had designs on us for glorious living, part of the overall purpose he is working out in everything and everyone.
It’s in Christ that you, once you heard the truth and believed it (this Message of your salvation), found yourselves home free—signed, sealed, and delivered by the Holy Spirit. This signet from God is the first installment on what’s coming, a reminder that we’ll get everything God has planned for us, a praising and glorious life. (Eph. 1:11-14, MSG)
Isn’t it wild that God is a source of energy? Isn’t it wild that the Holy Spirit really does energize us if we let it happen!
We really do have a wild God. We can’t tame him. We can’t put him in a box or make him to do what we want. But why would we want to do that? Isn’t it much better that we have a chief energizer who wants to guide us and bless us? The Energizing God knows what’s best for us. Dwight L. Moody states it this way: “Spread out your petition before God, and then say, ‘Thy will, not mine, be done.’ The sweetest lesson I have learned in God’s school is to let the Lord choose for me.”
Be our energizer now and forever!
Thank you for being wild and holy!
Dwell in us!
Show us the path of eternal life.
Thy will, not ours, be done.
In Jesus’ name,
Q4U: How have you experienced the energizing power of the Holy Spirit?
May the God of green hope fill you up with joy, fill you up with peace, so that your believing lives, filled with the life-giving energy of the Holy Spirit, will brim over with hope! (Romans 15:13, MSG)
Parts of this post has previously been published on 9-19-09. Photo courtesy of George Webster.