What can I do for you?

1 10 2010

“There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but the same God works all of them in all men. Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.” (1 Corinthians 12:4-7).

Today, my morning was a test of my patience with a great outcome :). As most people have experienced at some point in their lives, the place with the most long and boring wait time is…. any type of government office. Whether it is the DMV, the social security office, or in my case today the customs office, government agencies seem to all be plagued with the same disease of understaffing and overcrowding. So as I waited my turn to get my Sentri pass (a travel past to and from Mexico that allows me to cross the border without a long wait time), I was allowed the opportunity to get in some much needed reading. I have been reading a book by Francis Chan called “The Forgotten God” and have loved every page. Today, as I waited I read chapter 4, titled “Why do you Want Him?” And it wrestled with the question of why we want the Holy Spirit and God to be in our lives, why do we desire this personal relationship with Him? To many this may seem like a ridiculous question. Isn’t it good enough that we just accept it and desire it? Why should our motives be called into question? But as I read on, I agreed with Him more and more. Many people desire God for various reasons but God tells us in 1 corinthians 12, that the only reason to desire the Holy Spirit’s influence in our lives, is to give back to the “common good.” If we are not utilizing the guidance we receive from the Spirit to impact others, then why do we have it at all? Chan goes on to basically call out people who say they are “called to live” somewhere and then do nothing for their community. Likewise, the same goes for those who are in a church or at a job where they are not helping to bring others into a closer relationship with Christ. We are in these places to bring glory to God, so why do we desire a relationship with God if we don’t desire to bring glory to Him? Just some food for thought this weekend.

In His love,



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