What’s In Our Wake?

06/10/2008

“The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it
comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit."
John 3:8 (NIV)

What are we leaving in our wake? As we pass through neighborhoods, as we walk in and out of our churches on Sunday morning, as we spend time with our family and friends, we have a powerful affect on each other. Are we human tornadoes bringing destruction, or a gentle breeze that brings calm and restoration? Satan is like the funnel cloud of destruction, and God is the goodness of the Holy Spirit that lives inside each believer on earth while reigning in Heaven above. These battling forces, or “winds,” are spiritual warfare—they are unseen to the human eye, but very much felt in human emotions because of the power they yield.

It’s vital in the body of Christ that we strengthen one another on earth, recognizing who we are as God’s children and what we’ve been gifted to do here. We must be aware of the enemy’s tactics of destruction and choose our words carefully. If we tear ourselves, or others down with our words, then those very words can squelch the usefulness of the gifts we’ve all been given. What we may not realize is how much we need each other in this life. Whatever gift we’ve been given, it isn’t for us, it’s to be used to help others.

The only way we can stay on the path of least destruction and keep the body of Christ functioning as it should, is to keep our focus on heavenly things at all times! When our thoughts are heavenward, our words and our actions will more closely resemble our Savior’s. Jesus said, “Don’t you believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words I speak are not my own, but my Father who lives in me does his work through me.” John 14:10 (NLT) When the disciples finally got wind, literally, of the truth of Who Jesus is, their eyes were no longer on this earth but on being obedient to their Lord’s every command. The wind of God blew through on the day of Pentecost and left a life-changing wake in its path! That’s the beauty of God’s ways on earth!

If we are not heavenly minded, this earth will suck us up into a whirlwind of division and selfish ambition, filling us full of impure thoughts and ugly words almost before we know what happened. Everything will be twisted and contorted and broken into pieces—we will have a big mess to clean up in the aftermath of the devil’s destructive winds. When we choose heavenly ways over earthly ways, we’ll be amazed by the eventual calm we can have when there should be no peace in what we are dealing with. In doing so, we’re learning to identify the enemy for just who he is, and getting to know our Lord more and more each day.

When we leave here for Heaven, let it be said that our wake stretched far and wide, having touched many souls with the Good News of Jesus Christ. Let it be said that our words were like a cool breeze on a hot summer day, perhaps pleasantly unexpected but always welcomed! And let our thoughts have been on what our purpose is for being here…loving God and loving others above all else.