This is the last of our four part series on “a long obedience in the same direction”- an uncomplicated relationship as an apprentice to the Master Jesus.
Our time in scriptureprayer we have seen must not be a hurry up process but one where we slowly roll the nuggets of God’s word into the reality of our current state of life and needs in a communicative or prayerful way.
The last component of this process is the need for us to obediently come under the direction of The Holy Spirit. This is not a process that we take charge of but totally release to the Holy Spirit to show us the freshness of God’s Word and direction in our lives. It is not us taking charge of God’s Word to repair our lives as a fix it book for we are not smart enough to do that apart from the Holy Spirit. It is God’s book not ours and He is writing us into His book when we obediently come under the direction of The Holy Spirit as we slowly let His Word enter the reality of our lives.
In this connection, I have been thinking lately about all the times in a study with others I may be leading that I ask the men how they may apply to their lives the passage we were looking at. Too often I get shallow and clueless answers that frustrate me but why would that be the case? Could it be that we really do not know enough to “apply” anything? Could not our task simply be to obey, to trust and obey as we are lead by Word and Spirit.
Do you recall what Jesus told the woman at the well:
23 But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. 24 God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.”
As I have walked with Christ now for many decades I really see that my daily need as an apprentice is scriptureprayer. My need is to take the time to sit and be still and read slowly His guidance for my day or week ahead, prayerfully and obediently under the direction of the Holy Spirit. We cannot change by “willing it” it must be through indirection of the powerful discipline of scriptureprayer as an apprentice of Christ.
Nothing can take the place of this discipline if we are to pursue “a long obedience in the same direction.”