In John 3 a man comes to Jesus by cover of dark with some great questions of what it looks like and what it means to be one of his followers. One of the things that Jesus says is that a person who is His follower must be born of the Spirit. Here is the way John records the conversation, “5Jesus answered, “I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit. 6Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. 7You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You must be born again.’ 8The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.”
I was thinking about this concept this morning… the wind blows wherever it please. I was thinking about the concept in my own life, and in the life of the ministry that I have the opportunity to lead. Is the Spirit able to do whatever it pleases in my life? Is the Spirit able to do whatever it pleases in my ministry?
I’m going through a phase right now thinking and wondering where God is challenging us to go next. Here is one of the conclusions that I have come to. Everything is on the table. There are no sacred cows. I want to be open to going where the wind/Spirit leads. I think that far too often I write off ideas because they aren’t the way that we have done things. However, I am confident that this fall God is doing some new things in our midst. So, my plan of attack is to sit back a little bit and observe. I want to discern where the wind is blowing, where the Spirit is moving (both in my own life and in the life of theWELL) and then respond to it. I think for me the first step might be expectation; having the expectation that God is moving, that his Spirit is blowing, and that we should seek with everything that we have and everything we are to follow Him.
If you are part of our community, I’d love to hear where you think the Spirit is moving and the things that he is challenging us towards. If you’re not, I’d love to hear where you feel like the Spirit is moving in your ministry.