“You know the message God sent to the people of Israel, announcing the good news of peace through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all. 37 You know what has happened throughout the province of Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John preached— 38 how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth
with the Holy Spirit and power, and how he went around doing good and healing all who were under
the power of the devil, because God was with him.”
“The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear it’s sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit”. (John 3:8).
Last Sunday morning, a lady I have known for years came up to me after church and said, ‘I pray for you every single day.’ She has told me this before, I believe, and I can’t express what a treasure it is.
Then she said, ‘God hasn’t finished with you yet. There’s more.’ But she went on to add, ‘You must listen to the Holy Spirit. Otherwise you could get pulled all over the place.’
Later that afternoon, Jilly and I read these words from Mark Buchanan’s book ‘The rest of God.’ (It is our ‘Sabbath’ book at the moment). He quoted Acts 10:38, then said:
‘So that’s it, the sum of Christ’s earthly vocation: he wandered and he blessed. He was a physician vagabond. He was the original doctor without borders. His purpose was crystallised, but his method
almost scatter-shot. “My whole life I have been complaining that my work was constantly
interrupted,” Henri Nouwen said near the end of his life, “until I discovered the interruptions were my work.” As Buchanan also writes:
‘Jesus was available – or not – according to some oblique logic of his own. He had an inner ear for the Father’s whispers, a third eye for the Spirit’s motions.’
Today I pray for myself, and for you, that we will experience the reality of keeping in step with the
Spirit, so that we may be a blessing wherever we go, and to all with whom we come in contact.
Thought: ‘ “I read in a book that a man called Christ went about doing good. It distresses me that I am so easily satisfied with just going about.” Toyohiko Kagawa
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