Led by the Spirit – or not?

Romans 8:14 “Those who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God.”

Who is leading you today?  Is anyone?  Are you taking direction from anyone else in what you choose to do today, or are your decisions primarily guided by your own ideas and thoughts, or those of your spouse, friends, or boss?  Is there anyone whose guidance underlies all of your other relationships and pursuits? 

The verse above states in very simple terms that if you are a child of God, you are being led by the Spirit of God.  That means that above all else you are concerned with what God’s Spirit wants for you.  You want to obey Him at all times. He is the preeminent being in your life, for you are being led by Him.  And how does he lead?  He leads by his Word. As Paul said in I Corinthians 2:13 “And we impart this in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual truths to those who are spiritual.”  And the children of God pray to God “in the spirit (Ephesians 6:18),” i.e., they are led by the Spirit to pray about the things God Himself cares about. They want to see things the way God sees them, love the things God loves, and hate the things God hates. These things are only possible as one is led by the Spirit.

Jesus himself was filled with the Spirit and led by the Spirit each moment of every day that He walked on this earth.  The children of God desire more than anything to live their lives according to the pattern set for them by this only begotten Son of God. This will only ever happen as one is led by the Spirit. 

Again, who is leading you? Is anyone leading you? If not, then it is you, yourself that is in the lead – and you are not a child of God.  So does this matter to you?  If it doesn’t, it should, for it definitely matters to the One Who created you, for He has told us all “For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace” (Romans 8:6).  Seems like the ultimate understatement to say that this is a worthwhile tradeoff, doesn’t it?

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