Sunday, April 27, 2014

Wild Goose Chase

The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes.  So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.  (John 3:8)

In this verse, Jesus is comparing our inability to control and understand the wind with the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives.  The Holy Spirit cannot be controlled or understood, but where ever He is at work, there is undeniable and unmistakable evidence.

I just finished reading Wild Goose Chase by Mark Batterson.  The premise of the book is based on the name the Celtic Christians called the Holy Spirit.  They called Him An Geadh-Glas, or the Wild Goose.  Mark related this to our pursuit of the Holy Spirit’s leading in our lives, hence Wild Goose chase.  Very good book, I highly recommend it.

Here are a few of the points he shared in the book.

-We start dying when we have nothing worth living for. And we don’t really start living until we find something worth dying for.  Ironically, discovering something worth dying for is what makes life worth living.

-Pursuing a God-ordained passion, no matter how crazy it seems, is the most responsible thing you can do.

-One of the great mistakes we make is asking God to do for us what God wants us to do for Him.

-We need people who are more afraid of missing opportunities than making mistakes.  People who are more afraid of lifelong regrets than temporary failure.  People who dare to dream the unthinkable and attempt the impossible

-Remember, ultimately it’s not about you.  It’s about the One who wants to write His-story though your life.  A world in desperate need can’t do without what you will bring when you become part of something that is bigger that you and more important than you: the cause of Christ in this generation.

We need to open ourselves up to the possibilities and stop over thinking the process.  Remember God is in control and things will work out much better if we get out of our own way and let the Holy Spirit work in our lives.