They who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint. (Isaiah 40:31)
At times in the past, as a church we were very focused on “doing more”. For example, we used to sing a song with the line “Lord, we will do more”.
It is true that we sometimes need to be encouraged not to be lazy or passive, but just trying to do more simply wears us out. What we need is more of God: His person, His presence, and His power. Then He will do more through us. Let us learn to wait for the Lord (or wait on the Lord, as some translations have it) so that He can renew our strength and our vision. Let’s be like Mary, sitting at the feet of Jesus. (Luke 10:39)
Andrew Murray, in his book “Deeper Christian Life” says, in chapter 5, “Christians, do not be content with thinking that you have the Spirit, or have a little of the Spirit; but, if you want to have a healthy life, be “filled with the Spirit.”
But he goes on to say: “To one it comes with mighty emotion and with a blessed consciousness, “God has touched me!” To others it comes in a gentle filling of the whole being with the presence and the power of God by His Spirit. I do not want to lay down the way in which it is to come to you, but I want you simply to take your place before God, and say, “My Father, whatever it may mean, that is what I want.”’
We all need to be filled with the Holy Spirit; in fact, we need to keep on being filled with the Holy Spirit. But let us not try to impose on others our own experience. We must each be open to receive the particular blessing that God has for us.
With the filling of the Holy Spirit comes power – sometimes to perform miracles, but, more importantly, to change lives. Remember the words of Jesus to his disciples: “Do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.” (Luke 10:20).
Are we in a place where we are seeking more of God? In Philippians 4:11, Paul talks about being “content” in whatever situation we find ourselves, but let’s learn the balance between our contentment in God, and our desire for more of His presence in our lives.