Any Differently

A reading for Monday, November 9, 2015: Luke 4:1-13.

When Jesus was filled with the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of God immediately drove him out into the wilderness... where for forty days he was famished and tempted and beyond just uncomfortable. Why would we expect to be treated any differently by the Spirit?

Perhaps even Jesus had to learn to be dependent on God first, before anything else could happen in faith? Maybe our journey of faith is about the same thing. Will we be dependent on God? This is our invitation to join with the Spirit in wherever that journey takes us.

The good news is that Jesus our Christ was able to resist the temptation and remain faithful, so that those of us that belong to him can do the same. We have access to that same power of the Spirit for the journeys of our lives, even the ones in which we are beyond just uncomfortable. And at the end of each journey of faith, whether it's a day or a week or a month or even years, the sanctuary of our Lord Jesus Christ remains ready to receive us once again. The same Spirit invites us to come home again, and to enjoy the blessings of the presence of God.

At the end of the wilderness journey, the Spirit of God is with Jesus. Why would we expect to be treated any differently by the Spirit?


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