Naphtali at Did Jesus Have a Facebook Page? recently reposted something from Denim Devotions. She is doing a series entitled Why I Am a Christian. Interesting reading. Check it out if you get a chance.
What I want to talk about is something in Part 2 of that series. The private Christian school she was in broke out in revival, a true move of the Holy Spirit. Prayer, repentance, changed lives, three hour worship services. The move infected the youth group of the sponsoring church. And the school crushed the movement.
I don’t know why they did that. There could have been something going on behind the scenes we don’t know about that needed to be corrected. But it doesn’t sound like it. It sounds like they took deliberate steps to crush an authentic move of the Holy Spirit. Why?
It could have been jealousy. People who’s faith has become stale, who’s relationship with God has become lacking in vitality and fire can become jealous of those who are lit up with the vibrancy and intensity of a new experience of the Holy Spirit’s power.
Maybe anxiety. People can feel threatened if they think their positions are in danger.
Or fear. When the Spirit moves you kind of get forced into jumping in or getting out of the way.
When the Spirit moves there must be wisdom involved. Otherwise what the Holy Spirit started may become more about me than the Spirit. But wisdom does not crush. It does not stifle. Wisdom guides. Wisdom nurtures.
The Christian life is all about risk. It’s about stepping out. It’s about taking chances. We are warned in our risk taking to not get ahead of God. But I think God would rather have us a little ahead as to be far back, fearful, cautious. I think He smiles when we step out, get too far ahead, stumble and fall, and come running back to Him.