“Now concerning spiritual gifts, brothers, I do not want you to be uninformed. You know that when you were pagans you were led astray to mute idols, however you were led. Therefore I want you to understand…” 1 Corinthians 12:1-3
It’s always a nice thing to know what’s going on. Trying to figure things out in life “on the fly” is confusing, frustrating, and exhausting.
Right here at the start of this passage, Paul makes it clear that he wants us to be informed and understand what it means to live by the leading of the Holy Spirit, Who dwells in the heart of everyone who believes in Jesus.
Imagine playing baseball your entire life, then being dropped in the middle of a Cricket match in Sri Lanka and expected to just figure it out and do it right. There is a bat (but it looks odd to you), there are people playing, some dude called a bowler would bounce a hard maroon ball at you…and it would all be so confusing to you. You’d hate the feeling of it all without better information or understanding.
So Paul begins a section here where he tells us the various ways the Holy Spirit works in our lives. It’s something we grow in greater knowledge of as we walk in and with Him. The key is that we truly do move in step with the Holy Spirit – growing as disciples, reading God’s Word, fellowshipping with others, and reaching out to those who are far from God. In these really simple acts, we protect ourselves (actually He does it!) from being led astray by those things that once had a hold of us that Paul calls idols.
Holy God – teach me to walk in step with your Spirit. Thank You for filling me with Your presence and for dwelling in me. I desire to know You more, grown in my faith, and trust You as you lead me. — In Jesus’ name, Amen.