Saturday, June 3, 2017

The Half Led

UV 2288/10000 The Half Led
And five of them were wise, and five were foolish.
Matthew 25 v 2

Spiritual wisdom comes from following the Holy Spirit. Spiritual folly comes from following one’s own whims and fancies, one’s own agenda and ego. The five wise and five foolish maidens who were waiting to receive the Bridegroom- Jesus at the marriage of the Lamb with the church, symbolises areas in our lives that are spirit- led and areas in the lives of the faithful that continue to be led by self. It also symbolises the parts of the church who are not spirit led and the parts that are spirit led.

If there are ten areas or significant domains in our lives, how many of these are ruled, directed, led by Christ through the Holy Spirit? These are areas that we have not trusted or surrendered to the Lord. These are the aspects of our character and personality that have not been subjected to the discipline of the Holy Spirit or the discipleship of Christ. To attempt to identify ten most significant areas or domains of our lives: our thought life, our speech, our actions, our emotions, our desires, our relationships, our finances, our family, our goals, our habits. We need to conform to the patterns or templates of Christ in all these areas. As we yield to the Holy Spirit, He fills us and churns and causes change to happen in each significant area of our lives.

Our yield in each of the ten areas will increase as we increasingly yield to the Holy Spirit. The fruit of the Spirit or the Jesus nature that pleases the Father in heaven will be revealed and manifested in us: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, humility and self control. Together these qualities of character constitute spiritual wisdom. We will be watchful and alert spiritually speaking to look out for the roaring lion that seeks to devour us, to rob us of our peace, to kill our hope in Christ, to steal our blessings. Spiritual indolence or lethargy will be driven away from all areas of our lives. The lamps we light with our lives will illuminate the path for many to reach the Bridegroom. If we are aligned with God in five areas and not aligned in five other areas, the enemy of our souls will catch us napping. We will be like half baked bread or cake, good in parts and bad in parts.

Prateep V Philip

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