Spiritual Living: Transforming Communities
When we think of spiritual life, often we think only of the internal thoughts and feelings which are more God-directed. We don't often think about the Holy Spirit leading us into our community to make a difference--but when we look at the early church at Corinth, we get a very different picture. The apostle Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 12:7, "Now to each one [of you] the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good (underlines are mine)." In other words, the Spirit gives each of us gifts in order for us to contribute to the well-being of the whole community, much the same way as physical cells in the human body contribute in different ways to the health of the whole body.
This means that spiritual living is not a withdrawal from life in the world--it is an energetic engagement with the world, empowered and guided by the Holy Spirit, in order to help our world be a truer reflection of God's purpose for the world and its people. And so, when you see justice, compassion, and reconciliation happening in our world, it isn't separate from the life and work of the Holy Spirit--it is the Holy Spirit at work in people! What is your God-given gift? How can you employ that gift for the sake of the health of our world?