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What Is God Up To?

PART 8 OF 9 IN Listen Up!, by M. Jantzen shine

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"And the Spirit said to Philip, “Go over and join this chariot.” So Philip ran to him and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet and asked, “Do you understand what you are reading?” And he said, “How can I, unless someone guides me?” And he invited Philip to come up and sit with him." (Acts 8:29-30)

Imagine you're Philip (Acts 8:26-38). An angel wakes you up at dawn and tells you to go down to the busiest intersection in town. When you get there, you feel a rush of nervous anticipation. What is God up to? You sense the Spirit say, "Catch a ride in that taxi."

Soon you're deep in conversation with a man who's asking a ton of spiritual questions. The next thing you know, you're waist-deep in a roadside lake baptizing him into the family of God. This was no highly planned evangelistic campaign; Philip was simply available and in tune with the Spirit.

I've had a few days here and there where I've sensed God's hand in remarkable ways. But if you're anything like me, most of your days feel routine and habitual, with no apparent divine appointments. The Scriptures portray a God who never stops working. Have our lives become so loud that we can't hear what God is saying in the moment?

Do you feel far away from God? Pray with one of our confidential mentors today.

What keeps us from being attentive to the Spirit's leading?

  • The busyness of life deafens us.
  • Technology over-stimulates us.
  • Sin sidetracks us.

As a result, we can't hear the God who turns water into wine — who wants to turn our mundane moments into divine moments. No one can force a God-moment to happen, but we can sure make ourselves more available for one.

Consider memorizing The Life Commitment Prayer. Pray it every morning to develop the expectation that God is eager to use you every day.

Take Action!

  1. 1Watch More of Treasure

    Now that you've had a taste of Treasure: Jesus is Worth Everything, keep watching! Start the series right now, or grab a workbook and a couple of friends and do the study together.

  2. 2Find out what's jamming the signal

    Choose a day and set your cell phone alarm to ring every two hours. When it rings, jot down what was 'just' on your mind. At the end of the day, read over the list and see what consumes most of your mental energy. Offer these distractions to God. Choose another day and set your alarm again. This time, whenever it beeps pray: "God I want to serve you today. Open my ears to hear what you're saying and give me the faith to respond."

  3. 3Unplug from technology

    Try a one-week fast from media gadgets that distract you. Then be intentional about connecting with people. If you usually listen to music during your commute, try striking up a conversation instead. If you usually eat lunch at your desk while surfing the web, go to the staff room for a change. God is interested in people; if you are too, you get to partner with him to change lives.

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