“So they nominated two men: Joseph called Barsabbas (also known as Justus) and Matthias. Then they all prayed, “O Lord, you know every heart. Show us which of these men you have chosen as an apostle to replace Judas in this ministry, for he has deserted us and gone where he belongs.” Then they cast lots, and Matthias was selected to become an apostle with the other eleven.” (Acts 1:23-26)
The other night in community group, one of the topics that came up was how the remaining 11 Apostles post Jesus’ ascension to heaven chose the one to take Judas’ place. Did they draw straws? Did they roll the dice? Pick a number from 1-10? Inevitably, the question then was so how do we make decisions? What’s the role of the Holy Spirit in our lives when it comes to decisions?
My favorite answer of the night was, “We make things way too complicated. If we had a healthy prayer life, it would be easy to know what God wants us to do.” (rough paraphrase) But I love this answer cause I think she was definitely on to something.
When we place our trust in Christ and surrender the lordship of our lives to Him, a beautiful thing happens. He “set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.” (2 Cor 1:22) We have the Holy Spirit living and breathing in us, transforming the very nature of who we are! Working to make us more like the Son. So much so that it becomes second nature for us to be loving, joyful, peaceful, patient, kind, good, faithful, gentle, self-controlled. So no longer is it WWJD (sorry), but we naturally know what Jesus would do, cause that’s what we would do.
I remember when I first learned how to ride a bike. I remember the training wheels. And boy was I glad they were there as I didn’t quite have it figured out how to balance that darn bike. And then we took one off, but it was good to have it there to occasionally lean on. Then it was just me and the bike. No more training wheels. I didn’t have to think about how to lean my body, or balance so I wouldn’t fall over. Riding the bike down the street to play with friends became second nature.
No one ever said living the Christian life was easy, but it can be really simple. Walk by the Spirit, and the life that God intended and created us for will be like riding a bike.
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