In Step with the Spirit

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“Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.” — Galatians 5:25

When you learn to dance, you can’t help but focus on the footwork. You watch your feet, determined to make them move where told and avoid having them step where they shouldn’t (hopefully missing your partner’s feet). But you soon learn to stop focusing so much on the footwork and pay attention to your dance partner, learning to communicate with a deft touch where to go at the instant you need to go there. Soon, you find yourself in tune with your partner, and your feet simply follow their lead.

Paul exhorts us in Galatians 5:13-26 to avoid the acts of the flesh and let our lives reflect the fruit of the Holy Spirit. He instructs us that we can indeed do this if we keep in step with the Spirit. This can be like learning to dance. At first, we focus on our footwork, watching to avoid stepping into discord, rage, selfish ambition, envy and the like. We try to remember to love that person, be joyful, be kind and be self-controlled. Our actions can seem mechanical, missing any rhythm. Fortunately, our partner is the Holy Spirit, and He keeps communicating and leading. At some point, we find ourselves beginning to pay attention to the touch of the Spirit, sensing where He is leading without looking at our feet. We find that our actions become a reflection of Him, and we become more in tune with following His lead.

Let’s focus on the touch of the Spirit — the companion Jesus gave us for life’s dance — and fall in step with Him.

Our God hears,
Mark Petersen