Cause to Pause

Reflections On Our Life in Jesus Christ

Today’s Bible Reading (from Biblegateway.com): 2 Chronicles 34-36; John 19:1-22
Wednesday’s: Ezra 1-2; John 19:23-42

A week or so ago while struggling through another round of golf (why do I torture myself like that?), I reached for my range finder to see what the distance was from my ball to the pin on the green.  Now, if you are a decent player, this device is crucial to hitting a quality shot.  When you know the exact distance to the hole, it helps you determine which club to use for your next shot.  When you are a player of my caliber, it helps to project an image of knowing what you’re doing, but it doesn’t really help improve your game because you never know which direction your next shot is going.  You might hit it the correct distance but still be fifty yards from the hole because it’s like you woke up in an alternate universe each time you pull a club out of your golf bag.  Anyway, when I raised the range finder to my eye to see what the distance to the pin was, I got nothing.  I tried again.  Still nothing.  I took the battery out and rubbed it on my pant leg, replaced it, and tried again.  Still nada.  I was “playing blind,” as it were.

There’s good reason God’s Word tells us not to quench the Spirit (1 Thessalonians 5:19).  Paul also states that if we “are led by the Spirit, [we] are not under law” (Galatians 5:18).  If we quench the Spirit, we can’t be led by Him.  We’ve unplugged from our power source.

Even when we are “led by the Spirit” we continue to struggle with full obedience – there’s still a personal battle to overcome oneself.  However, the war has been won by Christ and the blood He shed on the cross.  Praise be to God that Jesus has shed His precious blood, overcome death, ascended into heaven, and poured out His Holy Spirit!  Walking in Him, we may, by His grace, participate in that victory over Satan and sin.

Best regards,
Mark Dillman
Minister, Airport Rd. Church of Christ