Led by the Spirit Lifer
1. a person sentenced to or serving a term of life imprisonment.
2. a person committed to a professional lifetime career in the military.
Lifer…I’ve heard people use that expression as it relates to their careers and I’ve also heard it used at a church where I was once a member. After reading the above definition, I’m not sure that I much care for that term, actually!!
Recently, my husband commented that he really thought we would be “lifers” at our last church…so did I. Our family is faithful. We tend to stick and stay…same doctors, same supermarket, same dog groomer, same hairstylist (for me), you get the picture! We’re pretty stable and loyal once we find a place to “hang our hat.” As far as church is concerned, we are super vigilant and purpose to be loyal, not only because it is right and for our own good, but because there are two sets of eyes watching our every move and recording every decision. We’ve never been the sort to church hop…we don’t even do much church visiting and if we do, our first stop is always our home church. That’s just how we do it.
Last week my daughter was traipsing down memory lane and asked me how long we attended our previous church and with my response I started wondering if we would ever be lifers at a ministry. For a split second (and believe me it was just that fast) I wondered if something was wrong with uprooting the family after just a few years…(5 years and two weeks to be exact:).
This past weekend I gained a whole new perspective on that lifer business as we witnessed Pastor Mike welcome a batch of newbies to partner up with him and the church to make a difference in the world, to grow, to share their gifts in what he phrased as “this Jesus movement.” I love how he phrased that and I especially loved how he prayed over them. He said something in that prayer that caught my ear…he prayed that for however long they were partnered at this church (whether a few years or many) that they would grow in their knowledge and love for the Lord. Pastor Mike apparently does not expect these partners to be “lifers;” however, he does pray that during the time at the church, that they grow up and go out strong in order to make a difference wherever they go.
This morning his prayer came to mind again and I sensed the Holy Spirit showing me that I am a lifer only in the sense that I am committed to my marriage for life. I would imagine if one goes into any situation with a plan for life (other than marriage), they would be excluding the possibility of being led by the Holy Spirit, thereby being limited by their planning.
Tonight when my girl comes home, I will explain this lifer deal to her and her brother so that they would understand the importance of being led by the Spirit of God…not emotions or people, or habit, etc. I will reiterate that the Holy Spirit’s leading is always followed by peace and order and I will let them know that we will be officially making our new church our home church this summer.
I’m praying that we would hear the voice of the Lord and be led by His Spirit; that our decisions would be in line with His will, plan and purpose; that our intentions would always mirror His heart for those whom He places in our path and that He be glorified always and in every way…in Jesus’ name!!
The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, and He delights in his way.