Yesterday I wrote about living a life greater than I can imagine, not just in heaven after I die, but today. Part of my wants to get to work and lead a perfect life on my own so that I can make this happen myself. That is obviously ridiculous. If I (or anyone) could do this on my own, I would. Fortunately, Paul gives us hope in I Corinthians.
16 Don’t you realize that all of you together are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God lives in you?
By His plan, God has given the Holy Spirit to all believers. This verse follows Paul’s description of building a life in relationship to God, as Paul himself built a foundation for the church at Corinth.
12 Anyone who builds on that foundation may use a variety of materials—gold, silver, jewels, wood, hay, or straw. 13 But on the judgment day, fire will reveal what kind of work each builder has done. The fire will show if a person’s work has any value. 14 If the work survives, that builder will receive a reward. 15 But if the work is burned up, the builder will suffer great loss. The builder will be saved, but like someone barely escaping through a wall of flames.
If it depends only on me, I really don’t know if I could produce anything lasting. From experience, I know that I can produce things that make me proud or that gain me notice, but I don’t think those things produce anything of lasting value for the kingdom of God. I must be open to the Holy Spirit each day for instruction. I think this relates all the way back to the story of Caleb, who was wholehearted in his commitment to follow God.
What does it mean to be wholehearted? Does it mean simply to try as hard as I can? I don’t think so. I think it means to be completely open to God at all times and in all places. I’m on vacation this week, so I would think it would be easier now than when I return to work next week. I will continue to pursue this idea of a greater life than I can imagine in this blog for a while. What does that mean? It could be the month of August, the rest of the year, or more than that – I will depend on the Holy Spirit for guidance and I believe that He will provide it. I will seek to remain open to the Holy Spirit all the time and see what happens.