If God took His Spirit away from you, would you notice?
Lay aside the point that in one sense that could never happen. He gives us the Spirit as a mark of ownership and guarantees our redemption (Eph 1:14). I am referring more in the sense of grieving (Eph 4:29-32) or quenching the Holy Spirt (1 Thess 5:16-21). Further, I am referring to the ministry God has called you to.
So for me - is TLI run in such a way that is totally dependent on the Spirit of God? Is it so dependent that if the Holy Spirit was pulled off of me or our ministry, we would immediately feel the impact? We would know something was wrong. Or, would the ministry keep on moving along as we rely a good planning, endorsement from well-known Christians and a great website. Would nothing change?
For a pastor - would you notice if the Holy Spirit was pulled off of you and your church? Would your sermons be any different? Would discipleship have a hallow feel to it? Would your staff (if you have any!) continue to do their jobs or would the core of what they do be different? Would nothing change?
For Dads - would your relationship with your wife be any different if the Holy Spirit no long dwelled within you? How would your time with your kids go or your interaction with family and friends? Would you be as kind or stern as before? Would nothing change?
For Moms - would the challenges of being a mom be different if the Holy Spirit left you? Would you respond to your kids any differently? How would you treat your husband? What would your friendships be like? If you had free time, would it be any different? Would nothing change?
You can see where this is going, right? Are we living a life that is totally dependent on God to the point that our ministry and vocation flow out of a life controlled by the Spirit? We must!
Darren Carlson is the Founder and President of Training Leaders International. As President, Darren oversees the general direction of the ministry and serves as an advocate for pastors with little access to formal training and thoughtful cross-cultural theological engagement. You can connect with him on Facebook and Twitter.