The work of the Holy Spirit never, never, never leads others to praise men in whom He dwells. And, if this does happen, it must be stopped immediately. The instrument God uses is nothing.
The work of the Spirit is just that, and only that, His work. It is never, never, never our work. And, because it is His work, only He knows the plan and its purpose. He knows what His work is to look like. If we praise and promote our plans and somehow take credit, this too must be stopped immediately. The plan is not ours. It is not defined by what others do or even what the Spirit is doing through others.
Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. The wild beasts will honor me, the jackals and the ostriches, for I give water in the wilderness, rivers in the desert, to give drink to my chosen people, the people whom I formed for myself that they might declare my praise.
How often have I missed the new thing God was doing because what He was doing did not match my expectations?
A new thing, in the wilderness, in the deserts, among the untamed and wild, that God’s people might declare His praise. If the work of the Spirit results in a deeper worship, is that enough? Must we have our expectations met before it merits our praise?
And, if the work of the Spirit leads us to walk the most difficult path, countering our ideas of blessing, will we trust and keep on? God’s work can be eclipsed by our definition of what blessing should look like.
God engineers circumstances to see what we will do. Will we be the children of our Father in heaven, or will we go back again to the meaner, common-sense attitude? – Oswald Chambers
Could it be that work of the Spirit is making us broken bread and poured-out wine in the hands of Jesus Christ for the sake of others? Though not a new thing or idea, for Jesus himself spoke of it and so lived his life, it is a key work of God’s Spirit in our lives. Want to be like Christ? Want to walk in the Spirit? Here’s a good picture of that.
Lord, I have had misgivings about You. I have not believed in Your abilities, but only my own. And I have not believed in Your almighty power apart from my finite understanding of it. I have made the work of the Spirit something else. Help me return to the truth.