In a recent article, Matt Darvas (a great personal friend and a great friend of Seed) reflected on the importance of the way we approach our work for change. Could there be ways of behaving or approaching a barrier that, guided by the Spirit, are distinct from the conventional wisdom in your context, yet reflect something of the way of Jesus? Do we dare to follow the leading of God’s Spirit, trusting that these ways may just disrupt something of the brokenness we find in our context?
Matt said…. ‘every now and then, if you listen out for it, you might just have an insight that runs counterintuitive to the established wisdom in your field. Don’t be afraid to pursue it and test it out, it might just be the shift required in order to take your company or ministry through its next big forward leap.’
It’s our conviction at Seed that if we actively seek to align our lives with God’s intention for us, we will start to be able to trust the guidance of the Spirit that lives in us (see Romans 8:11; 1 Cor 3:16). The foundation for being able to do this is knowing God through God’s revelation in scripture and through prayer. If we’re faithful with that then we learn to identify the promptings of the Spirit to act in ways that are consistent with the way of Jesus.
This month practice listening in your context:
Ideally, find a space that is deeply embedded in the context that you are seeking to serve. Or you could find a quiet space that is free from distraction. Either way, the goal is to engage with God regarding the context that you serve.
Engage with God through prayer.
Ask God to guide your thoughts and open your eyes to see your context afresh.
Now, wait……. Pay attention to what you see and hear
Is there something, a thought/word/picture that stands out or captures your attention? I find it helpful to have a notebook or journal with me. Note what you see and hear.
Discern whether this might be a challenge to the way you’re currently approaching things. A great way to do this is just to ‘sit’ with it for a few days. You could also run it by a couple of people you trust. Try to ensure it is a mix of people from both within and beyond your context.
Ideally practicing this means you learn to do it intuitively – but that will take time. If you’re new to it, just start by giving it a go!