Following the Holy Spirit
Today is officially my last day at Hill Country Bible Church Pflugerville and tomorrow I start at one of our church plants, Eastside Community Church. I am leaving the comfort of my dream job for a job where the pay is nearly nothing, the area is regarded as dangerous (literally murders and bombings are recent), job security is unsure, the work will be hard and an East Austin local recently told the head pastor, “Don’t plant a church here, we don’t want you here.” Why would I leave a place I love and where I am loved to go to a new place where I am not really wanted? Because I am following the wild goose.
“The Celtic Christians had a name for the Holy Spirit that has always intrigued me. They called Him An Geadh-Glas, or “the Wild Goose.” I love the imagery and implications. The name hints at the mysterious nature of the Holy Spirit. Much like a wild goose, the Spirit of God cannot be tracked or tamed. An element of danger and an air of unpredictability surround Him.” - Mark Batterson, Wild Goose Chase
Living life following the Holy Spirit is an adventure. Now, I know that adventure does not excite some people as much as it does me, but the point I’m making is that life is never boring when you listen to and follow the Holy Spirit. You may not be giving up your dream job to help a church plant but I bet you that the Holy Spirit has been inviting you to an adventure of your own.
Listen to Him!
He speaks through scripture (the word), through other believers (advice and wisdom) and often through inner urgings that are then confirmed by the scripture and other believers.
Talk to Him!
Everything on earth start from a spiritual place. God starts it and sustains it and part of remaining connected to Him in mind and heart is remaining steadfast in prayer and even fasting to help keep your eyes focused on eternity.
Jesus calls us to uncomfortable things sometimes. For example, kill your pride, apologize when you’re wrong, humble yourself, put others first, etc. These things are hard to do but become easier and more joyfully as we fully entrust ourselves to the Holy Spirit, our helper! Sometimes all God is asking us to do is obey and He opens up the floodgates of the fruit of the Spirit in our lives. Selfishness always leads to death, so choose life! Dig into His word and obey what it says. I promise you, it's never boring, it's an adventure like no other.
So my final words to you are that I love you all deeply. It's been my great pleasure to serve you, leading you in worship and I hope you continue to follow my lead and chase the Wild Goose!