Like many other drivers, we have purchased a GPS for use in our car. It’s generally helpful in guiding us over unfamiliar roads. It’s also much safer than trying to drive with one eye on the highway and the other eye on a road map.
We’ve learned, however, that our GPS has a mind of its own. Trying to take a shortcut brings an immediate response from the computerized voice, a stern “Recalculating!” Within a few seconds this little gadget is trying to direct us back to the originally assigned route.
In our reading for today, Paul gives careful guidance for living a Spirit-directed life. He contrasts works of the flesh and fruits of the Spirit. Faithful Christians will want to program their spiritual guidance systems (our personal onboard GPS if you will) to “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.”
Regular worship attendance, Bible study and prayers can form a strong basis for a life guided by the Spirit. Program those things into your life and you’ll be headed in the right direction.
Spirit of God, be my guide and direction along life's pathways. Amen. — JRG