By Pastor Steve Kelly / Books /
(Adapted from The Accent of Leadership)
The word “gentleman”, though not as common in modern life, still holds positive effect. By definition, it means someone who is chivalrous and honorable, and who treats people with the utmost respect. A gentleman behaves courteously with everyone and his manner is easily distinguishable. You can spot a gentleman from afar, as his actions speak louder than words. People who conduct themselves in this way earn the respect of those around them.
I often say that the Holy Spirit is a gentleman, because of how He interacts in Christian’s lives. He is courteous and will never force you to do something you do not want. The Holy Spirit is patient and waits for you to seek Him. After salvation, I believe that the Holy Spirit is of the greatest gift God has given His church. The Holy Spirit is given freely by God to all who ask, and is a vital part of a Christian’s life. It is a privilege and a joy to be able to tangibly experience God’s Spirit. He is purposed to equip, encourage, and guide you. The Holy Spirit is ready and waiting for you to say the word and invite him in.
Often in life we get so caught up in our own desires that we neglect waiting for the voice of God. Practice listening for God’s guidance, through the Holy Spirit, and allow it to turn into a habit in your life. When you stop and turn your focus back to God, you are preparing your heart to be the most open to what He has to say. It is in the moments when your spirit is still, and the distractions minimized, that the Holy Spirit does His best work. When we seek God we should come expectantly, with faith that He will move.
Matthew 7:7 says, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” Like a true gentlemen, He even opens the door for you! All you have to do is ask. I encourage you today, to invite the Holy Spirit to become active in your life. Just as a gentleman’s actions set him apart and are easily noticed by those around him, when you are listening for the Holy Spirit, people will see a gracious touch in your life. When you allow Him to be involved, you will find your spirit refreshed anew, your mind set on Holy things, and your passion for the kingdom of God set ablaze.