There are so many believers who aim at great things, yet they find themselves settling for the lowest common denominator. They remain contented in a life of compromise when they could be experiencing the power of God. They stay in the shallow end of the Christian life when they could cross oceans. They live on spiritual junk food instead of the royal banquets.
Does this sound like you? If so, there is hope. Every believer can live the abundant life Christ promised (see John 10:10). We simply need to yield to the work of God’s Spirit in our lives.
In 1 Corinthians 3:1-3, the apostle Paul declares, “And I, brethren, could not speak to you as to spiritual men, but as to men of flesh, as to infants in Christ. I gave you milk to drink, not solid food; for you were not yet able to receive it. Indeed, even now you are not yet able, for you are still fleshly.”
Here, Paul was saying to the believers in Corinth, “I long to speak to you on a deep spiritual level, but you are still acting like babies! You aren’t even living by the power of the Holy Spirit.”
I grieve at how true this is of so many of us today.
How often do we attempt to live the Christian life without God’s help? How often do we read the Bible without going to the Author directly? How often do pastors and church leaders go rogue in their biblical interpretation because, long ago, they grieved or quenched the Holy Spirit?