Last week we looked at Walking by the Spirit. Consistently throughout the new Testament our relationship with God through the Holy Spirit is described as ‘walking’. This is particularly illustrated in Romans 8, Galatians 5:16-26, and elsewhere. Walking suggests a manner of life and when used in the Bible it is often in contrast to a lifestyle that excludes God.
If we’re going to be walking though we better make sure we’re in good shape. God has a plan for each one of us and he prepares us, putting us together exactly as he wishes so that we are able to do his will. Sometimes the events of life seem unfair and even painful. Things happen to us that we don’t understand and you may even suffer personal harm or loss. It is never God’s desire to cause you suffering and yet it is often these very sufferings that build your character.

While God doesn’t initiate this pain he does allow it and then turns it around to build you up and prepare you for the greater purposes he has planned. All the events of your life, your parentage, schooling, career, relationships and so on combine together to make you the person you are today. Each step of your journey is a building block that God is using to make you into the temple he chooses to dwell in and which he intends to use for his glory. The ministry of the Holy Spirit is to lead you along the journey God has set. While his leading is very much related to the conduct of your everyday life, it has the significance of directing the course of your life, first preparing then leading you into an adventure with him that will see you accomplishing things you never thought were possible.

Are you in the right shape for the journey you are on? Check out the notes for some questions to reflect on.