The Holy Spirit is our power source. This is how we are connected with God. When we are staying in step with the Spirit, it allows us to see things differently — through God’s lens, not our own earthly vision. It’s the Holy Spirit that guides us to see how God is leading us to serve Him and do His will. Through the instruction of God’s Word, the Spirit can speak into people’s lives to help us understand His truth and embody who Christ is.
I’m always trying to stay in step with the Holy Spirit; He continues to be my guide and my light. He gives strength and wisdom to all Christ-followers who seek to be in step with God. I know I experience this continually when I seek Him.
This can be confusing though. The Holy Spirit is something you can’t necessarily see or put your finger on. You can’t fully explain this part of the Trinity, but God leads you by the Spirit, who speaks in a still, small voice. For me, this often means I feel called or compelled in a strong sense as He guides me. When I’m in step with the Spirit, I’m a lot more sensitive to how the Lord’s leading me. The Spirit acts as a compass for the Christ-follower.
There have been a number of times in my life when I’ve experienced the leading of the Holy Spirit in a very clear way. One of those times was when I was leaving Western Michigan. I was really perplexed as to why I was not being more valued there as a football player, and that’s when I had the opportunity to transfer to a Division II school in the same state, with a full scholarship to play. They were national champions, I would get to start, and I’d be near my very serious girlfriend. It seemed like the perfect situation, and in the world’s eyes it was.
But I also had the opportunity to be a walk-on at Wisconsin. This would mean I would have to sit out for a whole season, be far away from my girlfriend, and enter into a community where I had not felt a ton of people expressing their interest in me. This would be a gamble for sure.
The world was telling me to stay in Michigan and hold on to what was certain, but the Holy Spirit made it so clear to me that this was not the right choice. Though everyone around me suggested I stay, I had to obey the calling of God. And I’m so glad I did because His plan was perfect.
Unfortunately, I am not always obedient to this still, small voice. There are probably way more times when I choose to ignore the Spirit, giving into my own selfishness and sin. In these moments, I may feel a strong conviction to go talk to someone about Jesus, but I can easily make excuses or rationalize why I am too “busy” at the time. By not listening, I’m being disobedient to God, ignoring how He wants to use me for His eternal purposes.
Staying in step with the Holy Spirit is directly related to my prayer life and the time I get to spend in the Word. When I do these things, I’m able to take off the earthly lens I’m viewing life with and take on the viewpoint of God. And when I do, I find myself in a position to be used by Him.
Some question the work of the Holy Spirit in today’s world, but I know God has given us this gift as a way to follow and obey Him. Why limit God or say He can no longer do the same miracles He did thousands of years ago in the early Church? God can and will use us through His Holy Spirit to work miracles in our lives, but we have to be in a place spiritually where we are aware and attuned to His presence. The same power that raised Jesus from the dead is alive and active in us. Before He left Earth, Jesus Himself said, “Unless I go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to you” (John 16:7).
The Lord is looking for us to do His work, but we need to be ready and willing to let His voice lead us.
— Chris Maragos, Philadelphia Eagles safety
Chris Maragos is a regular contributor to The Increase, providing monthly articles and opinions.
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