Posted by: Brian Musser | May 3, 2014

Spirit Filled Work

Work-Ship – Week Four:  The Spirit At Work – Day Twenty-Four:  Spirit Filled Work 

The first week we came to the conclusion that our definition of work must be based on God’s work.  If we are going to figure out what work is, how we are supposed to work and the proper place work should have in our lives it must be rooted in the way God works.  So we are in the middle of our three week exploration of the work of God organizing our conversation through the lens of the Trinity.

  • Week Two – The Father at Work
  • Week Three – The Son at Work
  • Week Four – The Spirit at Work

By the end of this week we will be finished with our three week examination into the work of God and we will be halfway done the entire 56 day devotional.  This week we will be looking at the work of the third member of the Trinity, God the Holy Spirit.  Quite often the Holy Spirit is the overlooked or misrepresented member of the Trinity.  This is due to the nature of the Holy Spirit’s work.  God the Father’s work was in Creation, creating and sustaining it.  We can see tangible evidence of the Father’s work everywhere around us.  God the Son’s work was in history, redeeming and communicating.  We have the written records of the Son’s work.  But God the Holy Spirit works in the inner realm of humanity.  The Spirit’s work is to influence us.  The Spirit works on and in humanity empowering and convicting us.  This makes the Spirit’s work less accessible, less verifiable, less categorize-able.  The Spirit’s work is all about influence.  When we are at work influencing others we are working like the Holy Spirit.  This influence manifests itself in two broad categories:

  • Getting others to do good or empowering.
  • Getting others to stop doing evil or convicting.

Empowering and convicting are the two main ideas we will explore as we explore the work of the Holy Spirit.   Previously, in Ex. 35: 30 – 35 we saw that the Spirit of the Lord equipped Bezalel to work well in his crafts.  The Spirit filling of Bezalel was directly connected to his physical trade.  This may be different than how you typically imagine the Spirit working in your life.  Let’s look at another passage of Scripture.  This one we have also looked at before.  It is in reference to the anointing of Saul to the Kingship of Israel and the Affect of the Holy Spirit upon him because of it.

1 Samuel 10: 1 – 11 (HCSB)

Samuel took the flask of oil, poured it out on Saul’s head, kissed him, and said, “Hasn’t the Lord anointed you ruler over His inheritance? Today when you leave me, you’ll find two men at Rachel’s Grave at Zelzah in the land of Benjamin. They will say to you, ‘The donkeys you went looking for have been found, and now your father has stopped being concerned about the donkeys and is worried about you, asking: What should I do about my son?’
“You will proceed from there until you come to the oak of Tabor. Three men going up to God at Bethel will meet you there, one bringing three goats, one bringing three loaves of bread, and one bringing a skin of wine. They will ask how you are and give you two loaves of bread, which you will accept from them.
“After that you will come to the Hill of God where there are Philistine garrisons. When you arrive at the city, you will meet a group of prophets coming down from the high place prophesying. They will be preceded by harps, tambourines, flutes, and lyres. The Spirit of the Lord will control you, you will prophesy with them, and you will be transformed into a different person. When these signs have happened to you, do whatever your circumstances require because God is with you. Afterward, go ahead of me to Gilgal. I will come to you to offer burnt offerings and to sacrifice fellowship offerings. Wait seven days until I come to you and show you what to do.”
When Saul turned around to leave Samuel, God changed his heart, and all the signs came about that day. When Saul and his attendant arrived at Gibeah, a group of prophets met him. Then the Spirit of God took control of him, and he prophesied along with them.
Everyone who knew him previously and saw him prophesy with the prophets asked each other, “What has happened to the son of Kish? Is Saul also among the prophets?”

When saw was confirmed as God’s chosen king of Israel the sign of this anointing was a filling of the Spirit that manifested itself in the gift of prophecy.  Was the position of king of Israel a spiritual, sacred profession of a secular profession?  We may think of it as a sacred profession because the entire nation of Israel was set apart and consecrated for the Lord.  We may think that it was a sacred profession because Saul was appointed to it by God.  We may think of it as a sacred profession because it was necessary for the Holy Spirit to be given to Saul so that he could properly perform the duties assigned to him as king.  However; we may think of it as a secular profession because kings deal with secular issues of politics and government.  We make think of it as a secular profession because it was distinct from the offices of priest and prophet.  We may think of it as a secular profession because because Saul was not ordained to carry out religious functions such as sacrifice.  So was it secular or sacred?

If it is a sacred profession then it makes sense that Holy Spirit is part of the anointing to the position.  If it is a secular position then we may need to expand our understanding of the role of the Holy Spirit in all aspects of our lives.  The answer to the question is both.  I believe that the position of king is a sacred profession because I believe that all good work is sacred.  Just as the Holy Spirit was intimately involved and supplied for Saul’s sacred profession as king of Israel so the Holy Spirit should be involved in your sacred profession.  The idea that our work is somehow outside of tthe real of the Holy Spirit speaks to an un- Biblical dichotomy of sacred and secular.  and this helps us understand the idea expressed in Colossians 3:17

Colossians 3:17 (HCSB) And whatever you do, in word or in deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.

So, How can the Holy Spirit help you in all that you do?  And how can you do your work better as unto the Lord?

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