Saturday, 2 July 2005

Driven or Led

I woke on the morning of Saturday July 16 with the words from Romans 8:14 coming insistently and powerfully to me: “All who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.” Of course I had known this Scripture for many years, but somehow Father wanted it to grip me in a new and more forceful way. I looked up a number of other translations and found ,” For all who are led by God's Spirit, and they alone are the sons of God.” (Conybeare) and “For only those are sons of God who are led by God's Spirit.” ( Montgomery )

A look at the context brought further illumination. Romans 8:15-17 reads, “For you did not receive the spirit of slavery (bondage) to fall back into fear, but you have received the spirit of sonship. When we cry'Abba Father!' it is the Spirit Himself bearing witness with our spirit that we are children of God.

Then another verse from Galatians 5:18 came to mind. “If you are led by the Spirit you are not under law.”

What a liberating and refreshing revelation! I had to review my life yet again in its light. I could see that there is a daily choice between being driven or being led. The driven life is a life of laws, bondage and fear, but a life that is led by the Spirit is a life sourced in a relationship of love with the Father and is an expression of our sonship.

So many people live in the driven mode. They are driven by the programmes imposed by their churches or pastors. They become slaves of the religious system. Guilt haunts them if they fail to be fully involved. Rules, regulations, religious obligations dominate their hearts. Others are driven by what one may call spiritual techniques, believing that these techniques, if learned and practiced, will lead to successful living, effective evangelism or spectacular church growth. They rely upon the techniques rather than on the living God. It can all lead to stress and burn-out.

How different is Father's way for His sons and daughters! No bondage to rules; no fears of not conforming or failing to fulfil religious duties, but instead a loving relationship in which our hearts respond to the leadings and promptings of His indwelling Spirit.

When we learn to live in this way,”Led by the Spirit”. Father will often surprise us both by what He does and the timeliness of what He does and we will begin to understand what Paul said in Ephesians 2:10, “We are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them .” May we all learn to tune in to the Spirit's promptings and walk through each day led by Him.