Right now in my church small group we're studying Francis Chan's Forgotten God. It's about how we tend to focus so much of our spiritual energy on two facets of the Trinity - God and Jesus Christ - and pretty much ignore the Holy Spirit.
This week one topic that came up was being led by the Spirit, how to know when it was the Spirit, and how we don't like to stray from the familiar and live in the spontaneity of the moment.
We are all planners by nature. Even if you don't consider yourself one, we're creatures of habit - we follow the same patterns, which is essentially a plan.
So let's say every morning you take your kids to school, swing by Starbucks for a mocha latte, drive the same route to work, park in the same spot, etc. Except this morning, after dropping the kids, you see a homeless person outside Starbucks.
And you feel that pull. Believers will understand this sensation. The pull of the Spirit to do something.
But you have to get to work. You just want to get your mocha and go about your business. But the Spirit it calling you to buy the guy a cup of Joe. Or maybe take him to the grocery store and get him a few staples.
I'm not getting into the whole argument of maybe he's not really homeless, or maybe he's not really needy. I'm simply talking about following the Spirit's leading.
Do you stop and help? Get him some coffee and a muffin along with your order? Stop and take the time to feed and pray for him?
Or do you ignore the prodding feeling because it doesn't fit into your schedule? Because it's not comfortable or convenient? You have you leave your comfort zone.
It would be so easy to just walk away. To argue that you don't know what to say if you were to extend a hand. But let me share this with you:
worry in advance about what to say. Just say what God tells you at that
time, for it is not you who will be speaking, but the Holy Spirit." -Mark 13:11 NLT
God will give you the words. If the Spirit gives you that urge, He will also give you the words to say. It could be as simple as a, "God Bless," when you drive away, or delving a little deeper with that person.
What is the Holy Spirit urging you to do today?