Making space for the Spirit
So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.
- Acts 2: 46 & 47
The powerful coming-of-age awakening experienced by the early church was possible because space was made for the Spirit. This Biblical revival was so stunning that in one public call to repentance alone three thousand were cut to the heart. Born again. What the Apostles preached was confirmed by signs and wonders. The inexplicable and otherwise unexplainable tactics of the Spirit to remind us we were never meant to live alone.
No matter what form of artistic expression God has graced you with - singing, songwriting, playing instruments, videography, storytelling, dancing, painting, or anything else - your gifts are only so powerful as your ability to make space for the Spirit.
How often are you and I inviting the Holy Spirit to take center stage on our passions?
When I worked in the Christian music industry, it was common for bands to pray prior to their performance. This usually meant a short 30-second prayer right before stepping on stage - not that God doesn’t hear or honor short prayers - though it seemed pre-show praying was typically an obligatory after thought.
Over the years, I was included in hundreds of backstage prayer huddles. Only once (and long after I was working in the industry) can I recall a band inviting the Holy Spirit to help, comfort, convict and empower.
Praying before a set is good.
Inviting, committing space for, and obeying the Spirit, is better.
There are times I sit down to write where I’ve forgotten to invite the Holy Spirit to help me.
Within minutes I find myself frustrated and confounded, unable to deliver on the level I desire.
Then it dawns on me. I just attempted to inspire apart from Inspiration Himself. I apologize to the Spirit. He kindly comes to my aid. Though I do it far from perfectly, I’ve tried throughout this Come&Live! journey to invite the Holy Spirit to lead me into Christ-likeness.
I encourage you, charge you even, to see what happens when you take the Holy Spirit seriously, especially in connection to your art or creative expressions. If you’re an individual - ask Him to show you what He wants to do with and through your hands, heart and head. If you’re a band - invite Him to reveal Jesus in and through all you do. Regardless of your position, role, connection in the arts - the only hope this world has to see the goodness of God is not from
our talent, but from our surrender. Surrender to the Spirit and watch how He stirs hearts toward Jesus.
Holy Spirit, we’re sorry for how little time we’ve given You. Please forgive our stubborn foolishness. We invite You onto the stage of our creative endeavors. Here are our desires, passions, and dreams - surrendered to Your influence and direction. Teach us to love Jesus and our neighbors by Your ability.