December 31 2013 by
Bartley Wooten, pastor, Beulaville Baptist Church, Beulaville
Focal Passages: Romans 8:8-17, 26-27
Several months ago I decided it was time to teach my son how to ride his bike. Throughout the process I learned several lessons. First, in order for my son to be successful I needed to keep my hand on the back of seat at all times.
Especially early on, if I would remove my hand from the seat he would fall over because he couldn’t keep his balance.
Second, he needed me to help push the bike in the beginning because he did not have the strength to pedal it on his own.
Third, I had to warn him of dangerous obstacles because he would not pay attention to the road ahead.
Finally, if he fell off the bike I was there to pick him up and encourage him to try again.
My son’s riding experience reminds me of the important lessons God is trying to teach us through our lesson this week. First, in order for us to glorify God, we must have the Holy Spirit dwelling within us (Romans 8:8-13).
To use the bicycle analogy, the Holy Spirit must be the One to keep us upright.
His presence in our lives is a non-negotiable factor if we intend to glorify God.
Secondly, we need the Holy Spirit to empower us to live righteously. Just as I gave my son a push to help him get started on his bicycle, we need the power of the Holy Spirit to push us forward in the sanctification process.
Third, we need the Holy Spirit to bear witness in our hearts when sin is near.
Living in the flesh is like heading toward a dangerous obstacle, and we need the Holy Spirit to warn us of the danger. Finally, we need the Holy Spirit to affirm in our heart that we are His even when we fall short of His glory (Roman 8:14-17).
When my son would fall, he needed me to pick him up and reassure him everything would be OK. Knowing the Father loves you can sustain you even in the most difficult times.