“Moral”-focussed or Spirit-led?

     Our tendency as inhabitants of the Christian sub-culture is to focus on petty morals-made-law in order to impress other believers instead of relying on the Spirit to save souls.  When I talk about morals,  I am not talking about sin-issues such as cheating on tests, watching unfruitful or nasty movies, or cussing for the sake of cussing—those are sin-issues not moral issues.  When I talk about morals, I am referring to those things that Christians “should” do, according to other moralistic Christians.  These laws consist of only listening to Christian music, never missing an opportunity to “bless” someone who sneezes, only allowing yourself to watch movies that are animated for fear of corruption from the “real” world, only wearing clothes with Christian catch-phrases on them, etc.  I’m guessing you know what I am talking about.  Remember the distinction between sin-issues and petty moral-issues.  Have the mind-set of the apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 9:19-23. 

Now, what does a Spirit-led life invovle?

“You will recieve power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and in Samaria and to the end of the earth.” (Acts 1:8)

The Spirit-led life is going to make disciples of Jesus Christ wherever you go! 

How?

Romans 1:16 says, “[The Gospel] is the power of God for salvation…”  1 Corinthians 1:18 says, “[the cross] is the power of God.”

The Holy Spirit + Gospel = an empowered follower of Jesus ready to take the world for Jesus

Questions for parents…

Are you modeling to your teenager a Spirit-led life?

-Is the emphasis in your house the cross or petty works?

Additional questions…

What petty morals do you need to repent of?

– Are you relying on Jesus’ act on the cross or on your “good works”.

– Is the Spirit nudging you to something radical that you have been too scared to acknowledge?

– How can you spend your time training and preparing for a life of mission?

– How can you live out the mission of the Spirit (Acts 1:8) right now?

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