How we receive the gift of the Holy Spirit will determine the course of our life. Our response to the Spirit’s work in our life is the reason we see Him working in power, or the reason we’re frustrated in our walk with Christ. It’s the determining factor in whether we’ll experience the blessing of the Lord or His discipline.
The Holy Spirit desires full and complete control of our lives. Every ounce of our being must be fully surrendered to Him, so He can fully do the Father’s will through us. The smallest part of our life not yielded to Him may derail His work to accomplish the Father’s will. This may be why the Bible employs such terms as being “filled with the Holy Spirit,” and “baptism [meaning total immersion] of the Holy Spirit” to impress upon us how He must have complete control of our lives.
When we fully realize that God, through His Spirit, is actively at work in our lives, we ought to respond with a holy awe. There ought to come over us a trembling that we might upset the Holy Spirit. Paul said, “Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure” (Philippians 2:12-13).
Henry Blackaby – What’s So Spiritual About Your Gifts?, “Our Response to the Gift” p.59-60
The other day my Boss misquoted the adage, “Where there’s a will, there’s a way” – instead saying “Where there’s a way, there’s a will.” I chuckled to myself, but then began thinking; why does there have to be a will present for a person to complete a difficult (maybe seemingly impossible) task?
Over the past week I’ve been working on stripping 6+ layers of paint off of an intricately designed doorframe. I’ve been told by several people that there’s no way I could get every last bit of paint off. I’ve been told to just get as much off as I could, and leave the rest. But my Boss hasn’t told me to stop yet, so I haven’t.
In this case, I know that there’s a way to get all the paint off the doorframe (since Fedi says so), so I’ve decided that I’ll keep stripping paint until it’s all gone. This is a perfect example of “where there’s a way, there’s a will” because if it weren’t for Fedi’s confidence that I can get every last bit of paint off, I wouldn’t have the drive to keep trying. But because I know there’s a way, I have the will to finish.