What is spirituality? It is a relationship with our triune God. It includes living a moral life that is supercharged by the Holy Spirit. In other words, what we cannot do because of our sinful nature, we can do when we call the Holy Spirit into our efforts, and truly open ourselves to grace. Sometimes, opening ourselves to grace takes a lot of practice. This practice happens in each aspect of our lives as we learn to surrender. It isn’t a one size fits all or one time event. We might not see results immediately. Provided we don’t give up, God will continue to heal our brokenness, and we will constantly see improvement. Even when we take backwards steps, he is still there, merciful and mighty. We just have to surrender again.
What does spirituality look like? This is my current thesis. It is about inviting the Holy Spirit into our days. It is about surrendering to him, and learning to follow his lead. Thus, when I am having difficulty getting through to someone with whom I am communication, I internally pray, “Holy Spirit, show me the right words.” When I find myself committing the same sin over and over again, “Holy Spirit, help me to tie into your grace so that I can avoid this sin.” (This one is especially critical as you see yourself about to sin).
More importantly than the personal benefits of life in the Spirit is the communal aspects. The early Christians truly supported each other, even financially. I believe this is because the Holy Spirit prompted their generosity. The givers trusted the Holy Spirit to be there for them if they ran into financial difficulties. They did not rely on their own personal savings. I am amazed when I hear stories about people receiving money from someone who said, “I feel like the Holy Spirit is asking me to send this to you.”
Just think what our world would look like if we all were a little more open to taking a chance on the Holy Spirit. Even when we get it wrong, the Spirit uses it for God’s glory.
Spend a few minutes today praying for wisdom on how the Holy Spirit works in your life. Consider where you can grow in your understanding of the Spirit both in your personal life and in supporting those around you. Look for little ways to acknowledge the Spirit in your life, and to empower him to show you wonderful and mighty deeds.