We notice from Acts 13:2 that “the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul”. I fear that one of the greatest hindrances to power in the Church and ministry today is that we do not see ourselves as divine property. We plan and execute our plans as if we were in charge of events. I have caught myself many times thinking that certain parts of a service must happen in a specific order, rather than seeking the will and leading of the Holy Spirit. It is true that Paul promoted order in the church, “for God is not a God of confusion, but of peace” (1 Corinthians 14:33, 40). Placing everything we do under the Spirit’s control so spiritual functions do not descend into mere human ritual is critical. This is where we need to understand that we are divine property.
Seeing ourselves as divine property means that our purpose has been planned in advance by God. That purpose always demands a holy (set apart), obedient attitude in our minds. We belong to the Holy Spirit. There was a plan forged in the mind and will of God before the foundation of the world “that we who…hope in Christ might be to the praise of His glory” (Ephesians 1:12). Paul makes a powerful statement to the Corinthians; “Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So, glorify God in your body” (1 Corinthians 6:19–20). If we understood this more, we could never allow what belongs to God to be used for sinful, selfish purposes.
This truth is not confined to certain days of the week or isolated activities. It is true all the time! The more we allow the Spirit to form this attitude in us, the more often we will serve under His control, go where He wants to send us, and better represent him. We will then “be to the praise of His glory”!
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