Those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. (Romans 8:14)
Christianity makes no sense without sensitivity to the shaping of one’s life by the Savior. Until we become sensitive to what Jesus is doing with us, for us, and in us, we will not develop the sensitivity to understand, accept, and grow through it all. God’s greatest goal for us is to conform us into the image and likeness of His Son; but unless we become sensitive to this biblical truth and hold to it, regardless of the cost or circumstance, His shaping will make no sense to us.
Our eyes must be sensitive to see what is unseen. Too often we fix our gaze on the things of this world, and thus we miss so much of what God is doing in us and in the world around us. Our ears must be sensitive to hear what is unheard. Too often we hear only the noise of this world and we miss so much of the voice of our God. Our tongues must be sensitive to speak only truth and to speak it in love. Too often we speak our minds and hurt the ones around us.
Our hearts must be sensitive to beat for nothing smaller than Jesus. To the degree to which we become sensitive to the leading of our Savior through His Holy Spirit, to that degree will we be able to make greater sense of the unfolding story line of our lives.
At this point, you may be thinking, “How do I do that? How do I become more sensitive to my Savior?” There are, of course, a variety of ways that God has ordained for us to draw near to Him and increase our sensitivity to Him. Today, I want to encourage you with just one of them:
Practice the Presence of God
Notice that this is something you and I must choose to do. To be sure, God is ever-present and with us moment by moment. But often we don’t sense His presence. The choice we need to make every day is to cultivate an awareness of His promised presence. The more we pray to Him, talk to Him, and cry out to Him, the more we will sense His presence. The more we thank Him, praise Him, and worship Him, the more we will sense His presence.
The key to practicing the presence of God is to actually practice it! It is true that practice does not make perfect, because everything we do is imperfect, but practice does make progress . . . and progress is what we desire as we walk through the details of life with our Savior.
So if you find yourself in a season of life that is not making much sense, go to your Savior and ask Him to make you more sensitive to Him. Remember, the more sensitive we are, the more quickly we will respond to His whisper . . . before He needs to speak in other, more forceful, ways to arrest our attention.
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!