Is the Holy Spirit directing you?
Sunday Francis Chan announced to Cornerstone Church he would be leaving that church to plant a new ministry in a major city. The Holy Spirit is leading the Chan family to lay down their lives and the lives of their children for the sake of the gospel. Check out the Gospel Coalition Blog and watch the video of Francis and his wife pouring out their heart to the church.
The Holy Spirit is doing amazing work in our lives as we seek to lay down our families for Jesus in Detroit. Not all are called to inner city ministry, but we are all commanded to lay down our lives for the sake of the gospel (Luke 14:25-33).
What matters is not our personal ambitions, but what the Holy Spirit calls us to do. Is the Holy Spirit calling you? Can you say or have you said in the past week, month, year “The Holy Spirit is directing me to do____”
Luke 9:23 states we are to take up our cross daily. That means there are specifics that He wants us to do. Hence, “taking up your cross” refers to giving your whole life to God, as Jesus was about to give His life for us. This involves bearing burdens, but it is deeper than that. It is a total dedication of life. Our whole life is given to His service in anything He says. This will lead us to willingly deny self. Following Him then requires us to live as He lived His life.
The verse below is one that sums up what we want to be about. Mike and Francis Chan claim this as “their” verse, but I think it is a big enough verse for all of us to claim.
But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God. Acts 20:24
Please pray for us as we seek to be Spirit directed in our lives.