We really don’t have to do anything other than make ourselves available. When we fall into the trap of trying to figure it all out, plan it all out and measure the outcome, we often are sacrificing the experience of the kingdom for the counterfeit of religion.
One day, I was waiting in the hallway outside of a courtroom waiting for the doors to be opened for the business of the day. There were probably 50-60 people milling around with at least 10-15 of them being attorneys. It was an unsettled scene, similar to a group of people trying to load a bus or plane.
In the middle of it all, I was standing discreetly off to the side just waiting. In the middle of the waiting, a disturbance broke out. There was a young lady in her 20’s who became increasingly agitated and loud, drawing attention to herself as she discussed her situation with her father who was about retirement age. She was loud, rude and troubled; clearly tormented.
Her father was well-kept and obviously embarrassed by the scene that was emerging but apparently frustrated by his lack of options. As the scene escalated, some chuckled at the outrageousness of the girl’s behavior. Most just stared, but none could ignore.
After a few minutes, the father approached me and asked for help. Out of all the people and the numerous lawyers standing around, he picked me. As we began to talk, it came out that he and his wife are Christian people and their daughter, who was adopted, has had significant emotional problems for years. They are trying to help, but limited in their ability to fix her problems.
Why did he pick me? I wasn’t trying to be noticed or engaging in any way; just standing and waiting.
“And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you.” Romans 8:11.
When the Spirit of God lives in us, the spirit of others may recognize Him . . . in fact, they should. The Spirit of God within us is the Transformer. He is active in ways beyond our abilities and it is His breath that moves in the hearts and lives of people. I believe that this man in the crowded hallway was drawn not to me, but to the Spirit within me.
I was able to serve the man and his daughter but I hadn’t planned to. The Spirit arranged for the meeting and for the ministry. I was just a willing participant whose answer was “yes” prior to the question being asked. It was fun and free, not bound by any of the constraints of a formula or limitations of religion.