What I read this morning;

Galatians 2; John 14; Amos 6-7; Proverbs 31; Nehemiah 6; Deuteronomy 12

In the movie Field of Dreams, Kevin Costner stars as Ray Kinsella, a failing farmer in Iowa.  As he is out surveying his crops, he begins to hear an inaudible voice tell him, “If you build it, they will come.”  Soon after, the urge becomes so great that he starts building a baseball diamond in the middle of his farm.  The only person to support him is his wife, Annie.  The bank is ready to foreclose, and his brother-in-law thinks he’s lost it.  The more Kinsella follows the call, the more things are revealed to him.  Until eventually, he reconciles with his father.  Even his brother-in-law finally sees the truth.

The Holy Spirit acts this way in our lives.  He begins as a gentle tug on our hearts, pulling us ever so gently into God’s orbit.  The Spirit patiently pokes and prods until we start to change.  Those around us who can’t feel the presence of the Spirit think we’ve lost our minds.  Surrendering is difficult.  We don’t like to let others drive the car.  But the more we give up, the more we get.

In John 14 vs. 15-17, Jesus promises that he will send the Holy Spirit to us.  He tells us that the Spirit is a gift from God.  He also tells us that those who do not follow him will not have the Spirit living in them.  In fact, some will think that we might have lost our minds.  The Spirit of God is there to bring us closer to Jesus every day as we walk through this life.  It is the Spirit of Jesus that helps us to follow God.  It’s even their in those moments when we are lost and alone to comfort us.  Without the Spirit, we are unable to follow God.  But it’s also not under our control.  We have to surrender to the Spirits’ will for us.  That’s not easy.  Our stubborn free will likes to grab the keys and take over every now and then.  In those moments, it is the very same Spirit that patiently continues working on our hearts.

In the movie, Ray Kinsella believed that he was building a baseball field so that the spirits of baseball legends could play again.  But in the end, the spirit had other motives.

In our lives, when we answer the call of Jesus, we might be tempted to think that we are doing things to please Jesus.  But the truth is that Jesus has plans for us to bless us in ways we never dreamt possible.  As we surrender to him, he will bless us with more than we ever imagined!

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