Staff Corner - Pastor Greg Spires
A young man in college noticed another student he was interested in meeting. He and this young lady had one class together, and he found that by changing his route to class from his dorm, he could end up walking with her. He introduced himself, and they would talk on the way to class.
After some time, he mustered up the courage to ask her out to dinner. He enjoyed their talks but was not sure if she was interested in him. He was pleased when she told him she would enjoy going out to dinner with him. They went out and had an enjoyable meal.
The next day he called her, and they chatted on the phone. He decided things had gone well enough at dinner, so he asked her out again, and she agreed. That weekend they went to dinner and walked through the park.
The next day she called him. When his phone rang, his heart skipped a beat. When he answered, she asked if he could help her with something. Her bookshelf had broken, and she did not know how to repair it. She wanted to avoid buying a new one.
As you would expect, he headed right over. He saw the problem, went to the hardware store to get some supplies, and returned. He soon had the shelf fixed like new. He thought he would ask her to lunch.
She declined. She said she had too much going on. Soon, his calls were no longer returned. They never went out again, and things fizzled.
He knew one of her friends and asked if there was something he had done wrong because it seemed like things were going so well.
“No.” the friend told him, “You didn’t do anything wrong. When she needs help with something, that’s what she does. She goes out with a guy a couple of times, then asks him for help. When the job’s done, it’s over.”
The young man was disappointed. He thought the young lady might have been interested in him. But instead, she was interested in getting something fixed.
Before we judge that young woman too harshly, we should consider what the Bible teaches about our own hearts. We might wonder: what do we hope to get out of our relationship with God? Do we want to go to heaven? Do we want our prayers answered? Do we want to be blessed? Do we want to have shame and guilt removed? Do we want forgiveness?
Of course, all of these things are incredible things. We should want these things. But if all we want out of our relationship with God is for Him to fix our broken things, we have missed the best thing: relationship with God.
Romans 7:6 says, “But now we are released from the law, having died to that which held us captive, so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit and not in the old way of the written code.”
The verse teaches us that now we “serve in a new way.” What is that new way? It is the way of the Spirit. What that means is we no longer must serve God because we have to. We no longer have to serve God to get something out of it. We can serve God from hearts that are motivated and empowered by God’s Spirit himself.
What does the Holy Spirit want? He wants to glorify Jesus by doing the work of God through us and making us more like Jesus. The more we are like Jesus, the more we will want to be with God because God and Jesus are one.
To serve and worship God by the Spirit is to serve and worship God because He is worth it and because we love Him. The way of the Spirit is not the way of obligation or trying to earn favors. Instead, it is seeking a close relationship with God only for the sake of getting to know God. There is nothing better than that!
I look forward to being with you this Sunday as we celebrate the work of God in Jesus Christ together! This Sunday, we will be seeking God through His Word in Romans 7:1-6.
Praying with you,