In dreamy moments before waking a heavenly angel comes to love, comfort, and advise. He knows us—better than we know ourselves. He corrects, encourages, and gently directs us toward our intended design. The Holy Spirit critiques our gifts, attitudes, and general presence as servants of God. He may appear as a tall familiar man, very dignified, and full of knowledge and experience. We immediately honor his purpose.
He waits calmly for our attention before advising about major decisions, possibly about life’s greatest challenges. He may fade leaving a simple message like, “Be less glum.” Fully alert now, we know a visitor in the person of the Holy Spirit is with us. The Holy Spirit guides in voices, dreams, visions, music, sunsets, nature, sermons, teaching, small group, good friends, books, scripture, smiles, tears, pain, and in sudden awareness of truths that previously were dimly important. This was a simple message of joy.
Many are overwhelmed with deep spiritual thoughts and serious meditation. Many have cried and groaned; begged for forgiveness; felt odd and out of touch with family, nation and the world; doubted their sanity; been convicted of pride, anger, lust, selfishness, detachment, passivity, fear, and timid faith.
Transformation is not for the weak hearted or the timid—describing who we were. This fork in the road is a deeper commitment and involvement in the service of God and others. The old man stands in the shadows of the heavily traveled main road calling, “You can’t do that. You’ll fail. You don’t have the skills. Who do you think you are? You’re too old. Your time has come and gone and you blew it.”
This new direction never occurred a year ago. When we give our lives to Christ and ask him to come in and assume control, a change begins immediately. Amazing grace is not just a phrase, it’s a reality that we must relax and accept. God so loved us that he sent his Son to die for our sins.
This is reason magnified a thousand times for us to be joyful, true joy, eternal joy, glorifying God with joy in his truth and salvation for us. Glory—not glum—is our attitude. Wear it and share it. Remember the joy of childhood and the fun of life before the old man dragged us into the adult rat race. We've been saved from the drudgery of life and should reflect his glory in all we do.
2 Corinthians 3:18 And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.