Do you ever feel like you're pushing the ocean instead of riding the wave? I have. But the reality is none of us have to feel that way.
Imagine for a moment that you're a surfer, plummeting down a massive wave. It is the ultimate rush! Simply by remaining on the face of the wave, the incredible power of the ocean thrusts you forward at incredible speeds.
Sound simple? The concept is. But have you ever thought about what it takes to stay on the wave? Focus. Practice. Risk. Perseverance. Time. Effort. Courage. But the end result is sheer exhilaration as the surfer rides the power of the mighty ocean itself.
This is exactly what John 15:5 is all about. Jesus said, "I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing."
Remaining in the vine, like riding a wave, is not a passive process. It is active. It requires effort. It takes practice. It involves risk. And it is deliberate. But in the end we experience the sheer exhilaration of God's power carrying us forward by His Spirit.
Too often we try to live the Christian life in our own strength, attempting to push the ocean as we paddle along with all our might. But we miss out on the total thrill of riding the wave of God's Spirit, allowing His power to thrust us forward.
To ride the wave, we must trust God to live through us by the limitless power of His Spirit. It's what we call the Spirit-filled life-the key to living supernaturally.
But here's the catch. If I do not know who God really is, how can I trust Him? And if I do not trust Him, how will I ever really rely on Him to fully empower me by His Spirit to live supernaturally-to ride the wave. Too often, we fail to live the Spirit-filled life because we have a flawed view of God.
So, I ask you again-do you feel like you're pushing the ocean? The answer is not to paddle harder. You will never be able to paddle hard enough. Rather the answer is to discover God. Discover who God really is. And then you will be set free to discover the full and unleashed power of His Spirit.
As followers of Jesus, our only job is to ride the wave-and it is the one thing we should do with all our might!
Your fellow rider,