Saying Yes to God: How to Keep in Step with the Spirit is our summer reading for 2018. On August 23-24 we will have online ZOOM sessions to see how many people we can get talking about what God is giving us through our reading. Sign up here.
Today’s Bible reading
Simply let your “Yes” be “Yes,” and your “No,” “No;” anything beyond this comes from the evil one. – Matthew 5:37
More thoughts for meditation
Throughout his book, Tim Geoffrion has been open about his own struggles with saying “Yes.” In this chapter he does not shy away from the big questions that often strangle “Yes before it is voiced.
I began to see that the appropriate meta-question for my life was not, “How much can I do for Christ and his kingdom, given that I will continue to serve myself as well as possible?” The question has increasingly become, “What could I do – or, better, what would God do through me – if only I would let go of my self-serving choices and behavior in every possible area of my life?” The former question attempts to follow the leading of the Spirit with shackles and weights around my ankles. The latter persistently pursues freedom from “everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles” so that I can better “run with perseverance the race marked out for [me]” (Heb. 12 :1).
The more I kept asking questions like this one and was not afraid of what the Holy spirit might show me, the more God helped me to find answers. What the Spirit seems to do is work through a process of raising questions in my consciousness and drawing me to Christ to look for answers….
As we increasingly embrace the call to live in the sacred love flow in a world full of suffering and need, keeping in step with the Spirit necessarily requires saying “yes” to the Spirit in every way we know how, without artificial limits. We will keep cooperating with however God may be seeking to transform us and draw us into the sacred love flow. We will keep going in our day-by-day, step-by-step walk of faith, trusting that God’s grace will guide and empower us to fulfill all Christ has in mind for us to experience and to do.
Listen and cooperate. Listen and cooperate. Saying “yes” to God, one step at a time, over and over again. That’s how we keep in step with the Spirit.
Suggestions for action
Working through a book and having deep thoughts is a good exercise in itself. But real depth comes when we do something – if we take steps on the path to which we are directed.
Geoffrion’s basic questions deserve some pondering:
- What is the Spirit saying to you that calls for your “yes?”
- How are you going to respond?
- What are you going to do specifically?
- What help do you need? Where will you look? Whom will you ask?
- What are your very next steps?