We’re back in Romans 4 for the first reading today. Paul continues to talk about faith and uses the model of faith as an example, Abraham. In the Gospel reading from Luke 12, Jesus speaks of the importance of standing up for him. “I tell you, everyone who acknowledges me before others the Son of Man will acknowledge before the angels of God.”
Jesus also speaks to the disciples about allowing the Holy Spirit to speak through them. He speaks of this in reference to when the disciples are hauled before synagogues and rulers and authorities. “For the Holy Spirit will teach you at that moment what you should say.” I believe that we can extend this saying of Jesus out into every other area of our lives.
Have you ever said just the right thing at just the right moment? For me, it seems to be a very rare happening. But every now and again, just the right words for the moment pop out. When that does happen, I often look back and marvel. Wow! How did that happen? And then I realize that it wasn’t me at all. It was the Holy Spirit speaking through me. When we pause for a moment and ask, the Holy Spirit will come through. Come through for us, and come through us.
Father, teach us to always be open to allowing the Spirit to speak through us. Help us to get out of the way and let the Spirit work. Amen.