May 21, 2010 | 09:45 am

Friday – Spiritual Silos


I am fascinated by an aspect of this week’s text from John. Here is why. Whenever we talk about the Spirit of God and the power of God’s presence, we can easily turn it into a “God is with you and all you need is God” speech. But Jesus slips something important into his conversation about God’s presence. He says, “If you love me, you will keep my commandments” (14:15). And Jesus summarized the commandments this way: love God and love your neighbor. I understand how loving God can relate to the Spirit. But the question is, what does loving one’s neighbor have to do with this?
I think this shapes expectations about what it means to be moved by God’s Spirit. Being led by the Spirit does not mean we will be led into a spiritual silo that is just “me and God.” Somehow being led by the Spirit leads us into relationships and into our communities. We are led into the stuff of life with all its chaos and mess. To seek the Spirit of God is not to retreat from what is going on around us. It shapes how we live fully in the moment of where we are.
Random thought of the day: Seeking the Spirit is seeking life to its fullest.