When I was in my early twenties, I served as Lead Pastor at a church in Kentucky. I entered ministry only halfway broken free of the shell of my extreme introversion, and I often gave into the desire to hide from people – not because I didn’t love them, but because I was intimidated by nearly everyone I didn’t know well. That’s a problem in ministry.
Jesus met with Nicodemus in the night, a relationally broken woman at a Samaritan well, and Matthew at a party thrown for tax collectors. He befriended prostitutes, recruited zealots, and pronounced forgiveness for known adulterers. God, in Christ, has definitely demonstrated his willingness to go to the gutters of society to change the lives of sinners by his truth and grace.
In the Mel Gibson classic, The Patriot, Benjamin Martin shares a word of instruction with his sons about shooting: “Aim small, miss small.” In other words, don’t just shoot aimlessly. Zero in on a single point and even if you miss, you’ll hit something vital very near the mark.
God Himself invites us to be under his direct influence, for his glory and for our good, through the powerful presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives. The Bible calls this direct influence being “filled with the Spirit,” and in this message, we explore a passage of the Bible that spells out how to live under God’s influence continually.
God, help me to be tame in the ways I’m prone to be wild. And help me to be wild in the ways I’m prone to be too tame.