The church I joined when I was thirty three was my first real church family. Even though I had grown up in church, being a grown up, and being involved is totally different.
Needless to say, when I first started going there, I was a tad bit rough around the edges. After all, sanctification is a process right?
Right off, they asked me to be in a skit. I’d never really done anything like that, but what the heck! I showed up for practice that night wearing a skort that was extremely short. Trust me, this was many pounds ago. Back then, I didn’t think a thing about dressing like that.
We were practicing, and the pastor came in to see how things were going. I thought he was acting kind of nervous, but I hardly knew him so I didn’t think too much about it. He watched us run through the skit, then he nervously said, “Um, I just um, wanted to uh, mention something right quick. You see, um, y’all are uh, up high. Notice how the stage is higher than the seats?” We answered “yes”. Of course we knew that. Duh! He continued, ” Well uh, that being said, it’s uh probably not a good idea to wear anything um, too short.” And he all but ran out.
I’m sure my face was red, because I was the only one standing there dressed like a hooch! I made a joke to the other girls, of course, and we all had a good laugh about how nervous he was to have to say that.
Thankfully, the Holy Spirit convicted me of dressing hoochy. Plus, now, even if I wanted to dress hoochy, it would be a scary sight for sure! The point is, those people didn’t judge me. They treated me gently and with grace, and let the Holy Spirit do His job!
It’s not our place to be ‘holy spirit junior’. He doesn’t need our help. Our job is to love, not boss. If those people had of called me down, I might’ve left the church out of embarrassment, and never come back. Don’t get me wrong, there are times when we have to gently direct people, but you’d better make sure it’s The Lord asking you to do so. If we do that in the flesh, it’ll backfire every time!
Trying to be ‘holy spirit junior’ will wear you out. Don’t try to fix people or situations. Let God be God.
By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence. 2 Peter 1:3