The Sparks of the Spirit Fly Differently
I set the shutter of my camera at a fast setting to catch the sparks of a campfire going in different and crazy directions. Did you notice: some of the sparks actually made U turns?
Whenever I attempt to capture a campfire like this I always have in mind the appearance of tongues of flames over the disciples of Jesus when the Holy Spirit came upon them at what we call Pentecost. “They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit.” (Acts 2:3-4a)
When we’re connected to God, a connection that comes through His Son Jesus, we’re filled with God’s presence, His Holy Spirit. One of the interesting attributes of God’s Spirit is that He impacts each of us in a very unique way, making us gifted people in different ways so that we are a unique gift from God to the world around us. “There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them.” (1 Corinthians 12:4)
We can really mess ourselves up when we start comparing ourselves to others. We disqualify ourselves from God’s unique call upon us when we think we have to be like someone else. Sure, there are essential qualities and characteristics that all followers of the Lord should exhibit and in this way we are to be similar, similar to Jesus, whom we should desire to emulate (like exhibiting the fruit of the Spirit). But each of us is to be a unique follower of Jesus, a crazily unique spark of His flaming Holy Spirit!