Everyone has a hidden life, whether youâ€™re in public ministry or not. Public ministry that the Lord loves is an overflow of the personal relationship we cultivate with God in the secret spaces of our regular, everydayÂ lives.
Jesus makes it clear that the experience we create for others flows from the inside out.
“A good person produces good from the good treasure of his heart, and an evil person produces evil from an evil treasure, because the mouth speaks from the overflow of the heart.” Luke 6:45
In a recent article entitledÂ “Private & Public: What It Takes To Do Ministry That Pleases God”, worship leader David Santistevan writes:
“Iâ€™m more interested in worship teams, worship movements thatÂ get the hidden stuff right.”
I could not agree more.
So, how do we Â “get the hidden stuff rightâ€ ?
We begin by building on a foundationÂ of practicing the presence of God. Â
ManyÂ of usÂ struggle with “the spiritual disciplines”. Â I Â know I do! But the benefits of building a personal history with the spiritÂ ofÂ GodÂ are worth it all.
Here are four simple steps you can apply immediately.
1. Desire God
First, desire to grow in yourÂ relationship. King David expresses this sentiment in Psalm 27:4
“One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to inquire in his temple.”
There’s a powerful, simple song called “Set A Fireâ€ by Will Regan (United Pursuit, Jesus Culture) thatÂ I love right now. The melody and lyrics are anointed to express desire for God.Â
â€œSet a fire down in my soul, that I can’t contain, that I can’t control.Â
I want more of you God.Â I want more of you God.â€
Google it and sing along.
2. Be With God
Next, carve out a little time and space to simply be with God. It could be anytime – Â first thing in the morning, at night before bed, or during a break in the middle of the day.
Psalm 91:1 encourages all God followers to “dwellÂ in the secret place of The Most Highâ€Â and to “abideÂ under the shadow of the Almighty.â€
For starters, simply sit for 5 minutes of eyes-closed-silence with no agenda except to be with God.
Set a timer and try it.
3. Be Filled
Third,Â be filled with the Spirit of God. (Ephesians 5:18)
We are our best selves when our hearts are filled and overflowing with theÂ presence of God, the knowledge of God – theÂ Spirit of God.
So, how can we filled with the Spirit of God?Â Start by asking.
4. Just Ask Him
Jesus teaches his disciples (you are a disciple too!) to ask your Heavenly Father to give the gift of the Holy Spirit.
And I tell you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will instead of a fish give him a serpent; or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!â€ Luke 11:9-13
Â Ask and you willÂ receive. So, let’s pause and do that right now.
Let us Pray:
Father, fill me with your Spirit today that I may overflow with the love of God in every aspect of my life. Fill me withÂ theÂ knowledge of God, the Spirit of God, the glory of God. Fill me with the Â light of your wonderful Presence that I may reflect your glory. For Jesus sakeÂ and in His name, Amen.Â
Over to You.
Do you struggle with getting the hidden things right? What’s working – or not – for you? Share in the commentsÂ section.Â
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