‘Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the way that leads to life, and only a few find it.’ (Matt 7 v13 -14)
In HG Well’s book, The County of the Blind, a climber falls into an inaccesible valley only to be rescued by a mysterious community where all of the people are blind. Nursed back to health, the climber falls in love with the woman who cares for him and asks the leader of the community for her hand in marriage but is told the community cannot agree to his request unless he consents to having his eyes removed and becoming as blind as they are.
For the community, rendered blind from birth – presumably from a genetic abnormality – the loss of sight was not an issue as they had no idea of what they were missing. On the other hand, the climber knew exactly the sacrifice he would be taking in forfeiting the beauty of everything for the woman. Although the decision was initially hard for him, the climber eventually leaves the valley rather than have his world of colour and image taken away. The spiritual parallel is obvious.
‘You are coming to Christ, who is the living cornerstone of God’s temple… for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.’ (1 Peter 2 v2,4)
Okay, five spiritual truths to remember :-
We are chosen by God who delights to give us the Holy Spirit .
The Holy Spirit enables us to serve God as his priests. (How cool is that!)
‘There are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but the same Spirit is the source of them all.There are different kinds of service, but we serve the same Lord.God works in different ways, but it is the same God who does the work in all of us.A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other.’ 1 Corithians 12v4-7.Continue reading Are you making the most of God-given potential?→
‘Jesus replied, “All who love me will do what I say. My Father will love them, and we will come and make our home with each of them.Anyone who doesn’t love me will not obey me. And remember, my words are not my own. What I am telling you is from the Father who sent me.I am telling you these things now while I am still with you.But when the Father sends the Advocate as my representative—that is, the Holy Spirit—he will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I have told you.’John 14v23-26.
Perhaps most striking about this passage is that as Jesus returns to heaven so the Holy Spirit comes upon the people. Actually, this was always the plan as it is through the Holy Spirit that Jesus and Father God are facilitated to come and live in the hearts of believers. Moreover, the function of the Holy Spirit as teacher and counsellor, reminding believers through the Holy Spirit about God and everything that Jesus taught, also ensures they will function fully in the world. While the concept of God living in us can at times be hard to comprehend, there is no question that the Holy Spirit combined with Jesus’ teaching and the Father’s provision in the world today has resulted in many believers responding to the call to go and build God’s kingdom.
‘Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers.Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ.This will continue until we all come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God’s Son that we will be mature in the Lord, measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ.’ Ephesians 4v11-13
Although all of the spiritual gifts are at our disposal, God has designated one particular gift to each of us that will be hugely effective in growing the Church. Conversely, while we don’t know the primary spiritual gift God has given us,we risk our full spiritual potential being left unrealised in our lives. All of which means we need to be proactive. To find out more get the app, eBook or print copy (UK Only). Then complete the spiritual gift test – discover your primary spiritual gift and get going on building God’s Kingdom!