Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. Galatians 5:25 (NIV).
Fourth century theologians described fellowship with God to be something like a dance composed of a sequence of choreographed steps.
God invites us to join His dance – to move in rhythm with Him. In the parlance of Galatians, “Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives.” Galatians 5:25 (NLT). So why not accept His invitation? Here’s how you keep in step with the Spirit:
- Believe that everything you need to dance is already in you. When you asked forgiveness for your sin and named Christ as your Lord and Saviour, He took up residence, by the Spirit, in you (Colossians 1:28, 2:10). So don’t hold back. Your sinful nature has been crucified (Galatians 5:17, 24).
- Give yourself fully into the Instructors hands. God must lead and you must follow. It’s not for you to direct your steps (Jeremiah 10:23). He must determine your steps (Proverbs 16:9). The moment you move more quickly, slower, or in a different direction, you’re dancing with yourself – to the beat of your own drum. Don’t do that. Move as He moves you, respond to His touch and direction.
- Listen to the music. Heavenly music has its own beat. God’s music is not the world’s music. His music has unique melodies, harmonies and vocals. It’s beautiful – making “us loving, happy, peaceful, patient, kind, good, faithful, gentle, and self-controlled” Galatians 5:22-23 (CEV).
Are you dancing? Don’t sit in the corner watching others move to the unforced rhythms of His grace. Move with Him. Do more than entertain the idea or feel the emotion. Step onto the dance floor and join God’s dance.