This is part two in a series of guest posts by Stan Thompson, the current worship leader at theAlley Church in Cottage Grove, which is the sending church for Remedy. Read Part One Here.
Pushed v Pulled
Even been “pushed” to do some thing you didn’t want to do? Maybe it was through guilt or a feeling of obligation to return a favor or maybe it was the “right thing to do.” I’m thankful that God doesn’t work like that. Sure, I put obligation and guilt on myself (and when I feel guilty, I usually am), but God’s grace and mercy are free and paid for through Jesus' death.
Rather than pushing, God draws us near and leads us. Scripture says it many times. Here are a couple of examples. Luke 4:1-2 “Then Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan River. He was led by the Spirit in the wilderness, where he was tempted by the devil for forty days. Jesus ate nothing all that time and became very hungry.”
Romans 8:14-17 “For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him, ‘Abba, Father.’” For his Spirit joins with our spirit to affirm that we are God’s children. And since we are his children, we are his heirs. In fact, together with Christ we are heirs of God’s glory. But if we are to share his glory, we must also share his suffering.”
In being pushed, there is uncertainty without protection. You have to find your own way, figure out where to look, make your own decisions.
In being drawn or pulled, you follow the leader. You walk down the path that the leader has cleared.
Do you remember as a child being led by a parent through a crowd of people, maybe at the State Fair, a baseball game or at a busy store? You couldn’t see the destination, but you knew your next step was following the path of your mom or dad. Sometimes they took the bumps of an accidental collision. That may have jarred you and you might not have always known where you were going to end up, but you trusted and you knew where to take your next step.
Are you feeling led in your life, drawn by the Holy Spirit? That’s not just a Remedy question, but it can be. Take some time today to pray about where God is leading you and commit to follow Him.