You yourselves are our letter of recommendation, written on our hearts, to be known and read by all. And you show that you are a letter from Christ delivered by us, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts. Such is the confidence that we have through Christ toward God. Not that we are sufficient in ourselves to claim anything as coming from us, but our sufficiency is from God, who has made us sufficient to be ministers of a new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit. For the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life. –2 Corinthians 3:2-6 NIV
Well, we made it to 2021! Thank God for Jesus!
Considering the staggering number of lives lost because of COVID-19 in the United States alone (over 350,000+ at this writing) and world-wide, everyone reading this blog should spend dedicated time giving God thanks and praise for His mercy.
In addition to praising God, we should also spend time in daily intercession for those who are grieving the loss of loved ones and friends, and for those currently battling this dreaded disease. Whether you decide to take the vaccine or not, you can join the saints of God in continuing to pray for the Lord’s intervention and deliverance from this plague.
As we enter this New Year—a time typically marked by resolutions, goal setting, commitments to new habits and recommitments to old ones, let’s not be slack concerning our spiritual disciplines. Fasting, prayer, witnessing, giving, and attention to God’s word should mark the life of every believer as the Lord gives grace.
When we engage in these spiritual disciplines, we’re not just checking off boxes so we can say we’re “done.” Yes, we should read and study the scriptures. We should pray and intercede on behalf of others. We should listen to and be spiritually fed by the preached and spoken words delivered by pastors, evangelists, and missionaries. Nevertheless, when we do these things, I believe the Lord’s desire is that we be purposeful and intentional and allow the Holy Spirit to do His “heart work” in us.
“Heart work” takes place when we move beyond doing and move into yielding. We don’t just “do” the things we should—we must yield to the sanctifying power of the Holy Spirit so He can bring about much-needed changes in our lives. Don’t be primarily concerned with drawing lines through activities on spiritual “to do” lists. Instead, be concerned with submitting to the spiritual pruning necessary for being an active part of Jesus’ vine (John 15:2, 6).
So, where is the Holy Spirit bringing conviction concerning wrong attitudes, wrong thoughts, and wrong motives? Where in your life do you feel Him tugging at you so He can do some “heart work” in those areas of your life?
The next time you engage in your “spiritual service” to the Lord (Romans 12:1), I encourage you to not rush by the Holy Spirit. Don’t quench Him (1 Thess. 5:19). Let Him speak to you through that Bible verse, through that message—and then yield to Him so He can work His perfect work in your life. Remember, heart work is greater than homework! Be Blessed.