Attributed to Steve Jobs, ( designer of Apple Mac ) .
I absolutely love this quote because it loosens the chains on us and allows us to become something beautiful, that is free of the thinking of others. It inspires and surprises me constantly! I find it deeply spiritual too. I find that it speaks and cuts into the heart of normality, culture and tradition. Why are we going through the ‘motions’, yet not asking ‘Why’? Why should our spirit be crushed and contained?
I see Jesus as the misfit who caused trouble, and stirred society, he was different, radical and tossed tradition out of the window. He saw people for who they were and looked past first impressions. He said to the hated Tax Collector , Matthew, follow me! He said to the fishermen, put down your nets, because you are going to become fishers of people. Jesus insisted on removing limitations on normal people and allowing them to breathe. He constantly pushed and rocked the boat. My question is to you, how are you living out your Christian life ? Are you accepting the box you have been put in ? Or are you embracing the radical , spiritual filled life that God has in store for you ?
Yesterday, I was moved by a talk on the Holy Spirit, and it suddenly dawned on me, how dry many of the churches have become without the spirit. There appears to be a misunderstanding of what the spirit does and how he even helps us. It seems to be shrouded in mystery, layer upon layer. Actually the spirit is quite contrary to this, the spirit cuts through the layers of nonsense and reveals clearly the heart of men and women. Nothing is hidden by the spirit. The spirit testifies to us about the truths written in the Bible, of whom Jesus and God are. We each need the spirit to proclaim that ‘Jesus is Lord’. Just as the disciples received in the Upper room, ‘ Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues[a] as the Spirit enabled them’ (Acts 2:2-5). They suddenly received the outpouring of the Holy Spirit and went to out to share. The Holy Spirit was the enabler; they couldn’t do it by themselves. Over 3000, people were saved that day (Acts 2:41). This wasn’t their work, but down to the spirit working in their hearts and equipping them. We are and will be terrified trying ourselves, but the Holy spirit will give us the right tools. We too, must be filled with the spirit every-day and be renewed like ‘living waters’.
One day, Jesus approached a Samaritan woman at the well, he said, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.” (John 4:10). Without living waters, our souls can’t be quenched and our faith becomes stale. Our spiritual fruits and roots will be stunted in growth, if we do not ask God to fill us constantly with the spirit, everyday. Think of Stephen, in the New Testament, he was a man full of the Holy Spirit, ‘ But Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, looked up to heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. “Look,” he said, “I see heaven open and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.” (Acts 7: 54-60). It was visibly noticeable. Anyone filled with the spirit will not care about the status quo. Jesus upset people, he asked questions, he challenged the law and wasn’t bothered by asking awkward questions to the Pharisees and Sadducee’s. Likewise, when someone is living closely to God and knows the Holy Spirit, it is powerfully, that person can’t possibly be ignored. They are making changes, slowly and gradually, everyday.
I have written my own interpretation of how the Holy Spirit moves in my life, the characteristics he possesses and how he encapsulates my being.
‘Thinking differently, pushing boundaries, creating change, speaking out, silencing silence, confronting injustice, breaking stereotypes, challenging traditions, stripping layers, removing walls, embracing vulnerability, dreaming beyond, encouraging imagination, igniting passion, creating expressions, releasing potential, cultivating gifts, producing fruit, reinforcing vision, strengthening faith, taking off, growing wings, spirit soaring, journeying together, uniting as one, empowering each other, producing hope, lifting oppression, overcoming fear, comforting our souls, taking our pain, forging forgiveness, opening doors, captivating thoughts, releasing power, casting out demons, promoting God’s authority, confirming Jesus’ death, cleansing sin on the cross, rising out of the grave, convicting the heart, humbling our pride, sanctifying the soul, demonstrating Jesus’ love, guiding our feet, lighting our path, testifying to others, promising eternal life and producing streams of living water’.