Refresher – I’m making a comparison between physical and spiritual inspirations. I ended Inspiration Part 1 with a physically motivated example; now I will write about it’s spiritual counterpart.
My inspiration to write Living Life was truly spiritually motivated. While there were many reasons for writing the book, my primary objectives were to share just how much God really loves you, explain how He has definite plans for you and finally, to help you experience letting Jesus Christ live within you and you in Him. My goal is to share with you the collective wisdom of our heavenly Father which can only be found in His word, the Holy Bible. Lesson – Engage God and incorporate His wisdom into your life in a manner that will add both spiritual and physical value.
The two points I have discussed here should not be judged as either positive or negative, however spiritual relevance does demand precedence over the physical realm. Jesus said: “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well” (Matt. 6:33). Now, compartmentalize this thought process. Place the spiritual compartment on bottom with the other on top. Lesson – The model requires you to enter the spiritual compartment (seek first his kingdom) before ascending to the physical/personal level. Lesson – Notice also there is no ladder leading to the top which means you must rely totally on the Lord’s guidance and resources. Upon arrival you will not only be inspired, but enabled to pursue your dreams and experience their reality through Jesus Christ.
Finally, let’s take a thumbnail view of David’s life. He is the young shepherd boy whom Samuel anointed to become King of Israel. From that day forward the Spirit of the Lord rested on him. But, because David yielded to his weaknesses, he experienced the consequences of sin for the remainder of his life. In spite of his failures, the spirit of God never left him. He is known in the Bible as a person who sought after God’s heart. David was at times undoubtedly overwhelmed by guilt but found inspiration in God’s grace and compassion.
Take-away – David’s life as an object lesson is the source of our inspirations. His ultimate dependence on God’s spiritual guidance carried him beyond his own physical and emotional abilities. Being totally objective must start from within. David offers a wonderful example for us through this prayer: Hide your face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities. Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from your presence; and take not the Holy Spirit from me” (Psalm 51:9 – 11).
Next week I will address some life issues that beg for “A Closer Look”…