As disciples of Christ and sons of the Father Almighty, we are also called to be open to the guidance of the Holy Spirit. We are called to be now through our recognition of the Holy Trinity acting upon our lives, as the Apostles were two millennia ago. We hear in Acts 16:7 that Paul the Apostle wanted to spread the Gospel in Bithynia. Yet, the Holy Spirit prevented him from doing so and guided him through a dream to preach in Macedonia, where he later ended up imprisoned (Acts 16:19). At first glance, this seems odd. If the Holy Spirit guided Paul to Macedonia, would it not be for the overall good? The answer is that yes, there is an overall good. Paul’s obedience to the Holy Spirit put him in the middle of the action and delivered him to jail, but also delivered him from jail. We end up with an example of true discipleship, an inspiring example of strong faith in the face of hardship.
Christ Jesus reminds us that “‘No slave is greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they kept my word, they will also keep yours.” (John 15:20). We are not more than our Master. Are we keeping his word?
We are human. We have our own ideas, plans, and dreams, and sometimes those are not the will of God for us. We end up disappointed and upset because our goals are not fulfilled, but what if we listen to the Holy Spirit and align ourselves to his will for us to truly accept our role as disciples and apostles? Would we not be just as Paul if we kept Christ’s word? Would not our life then be an example to inspire our brethren?
Dear Lord, we need your mercy toward us. We ask for the guidance of the Holy Spirit in all that we do that through the way we live our lives, we may become inspiring examples of discipleship in this world that needs you more than ever. Amen.
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