God's word in today's world

Who’s sitting on your chair?


The times when my wife and I are most irritated with one another is when one or both of us refuse to see the other one’s point of view. It’s all about the own self. It’s all about me and me alone who’s sitting on my chair. I leave absolutely no space for the way someone else might do things. It’s what I want, finish and final.

This is a very dangerous way of living, because, unfortunately, I’m not always right, and my way of doing things is not the only way there is. There are many other and better ways of doing something than the one I believe is the best and only way.

God knows human beings very well – He made us. He knows we are going to do what we want to and He also knows where we are going doing our own thing. That’s why He gave us a helper, a Person that helps us to live life the right way.

However, first we must get off our own chairs and allow the Holy Spirit to have a say in our lives, and listen, and follow his advice.

7For the Holy Spirit, God’s gift, does not want you to be afraid of people, but to be wise and strong, and to love them and enjoy being with them.

Sometimes we are just so stupid! We get this unbelievable Helper, Friend, Advisor, Guide, Teacher, etc. and we say, no thank you, I know best. I’ll stay sitting on my chair for now.

We can be incredibly short-sighted! We don’t really know how to handle every situation. We know we make mistakes and slip up. Yes, we even leave dead bodies behind, but we don’t make space for the Holy Spirit. How stupid!

Listen to this: The Holy Spirit is a gift from God. God is the one who made us. He knows where we fall short. He knows where we’ll make poor decisions.

God knows we’re unable to do everything. He knows there will be situations we can’t cope with. Therefore, He knows what the answer or solution is too. The solution to our problem is the Holy Spirit. He is strong enough to deal with any situation. Because He Himself is God.

And still I choose to do everything myself! So, who’s afraid here?

There’s an easy test to determine who is really in control of your life. Quickly answer “yes” or “no” to the following easy questions:

       I am strong in all circumstances

       I always give love to others

       I always help other people

If you couldn’t give a resounding “yes!” to all three questions, then the Holy Spirit is not always in control of your life. Unfortunately, this is true for all of us. That’s why it is so important that we recommit to the Holy Spirit every day, asking God to help us get off our own chair to make space for the Holy Spirit to take control.

It’s not easy, because it goes against my nature. I want to be in control all the time. I want to decide about everything. I want to do according to the way I am, otherwise I feel I’m losing my identity. But that’s just another recipe for chaos.

Don’t you want to give control back to the Holy Spirit, because then you will be strong in all circumstances, then you’ll want to give love to other people all the time, and then you’ll want to help others?

Try it! He will also help you not to do the wrong things.

Scripture
2 Tim 1:5-7

Reflection
Who is sitting on your chair?
What do you need to do in order to change places with the Holy Spirit?
How can you stop yourself from going back to sitting there?

Prayer
Lord, You must become more and I less … Amen.

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