Swing your Partner, Do Si Do! by Carolyn Tucker

Carolyn Tucker. Submitted photo.

Keys to the Kingdom

 

Although I’ve not had the benefit of blood sisters, I’ve been blessed through the years with several fun-loving gals to make my life a rip-roaring joy. Two of them stood up with me at my wedding and I can refer to them as “partners in crime.” During the 55-mph speed-limit law in the 1970s, Jennifer and I were playing our kazoos on the way home from Tulsa and having a grand old time. She happened to glance at her speedometer and discovered she was running 80 mph. Oops! And ever since third grade, when Mrs. Oldham gave Jonita and I our well-deserved nicknames as “Giggle Boxes,“ we‘ve been laughing together for over 50 years.

Here’s the definition of partner: (1) either of two persons dancing together, (2) one who joins in an activity with another, (3) a player on the same team, (4) an ally. The Bible clearly states that believers have an unseen but very-real partner. “But when the Father sends the Advocate as My representative — that is, the Holy Spirit — He will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I have told you” (John 14:26 NLT). It’s comforting to know that the Holy Spirit is our helper, teacher, and reminder. We’re never alone or without direction.

He’s an around-the-clock continuous partner in the lives of all Christ followers. “Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?” (1 Corinthians 6:19 NKJV). The Holy Spirit comes from God as the wonderful gift promised to every believer.

Jesus said, “I also tell you this: If two of you agree here on earth concerning anything you ask, My Father in heaven will do it for you” (Matthew 18:19 NLT). It’s good to have a flesh-and-blood partner to agree with you in prayer, but if your request is so deeply personal that you can’t share it, rest assured that the Holy Spirit will serve as your “two.” He is the third person of the Godhead and He intercedes for you.

When we are a partner with someone, both parties have specific responsibilities. Agreeing and working together is of utmost importance for success. “Can two people walk together without agreeing on the direction?” (Amos 3:3 NLT). If you’re part of a band, you have to play the same song as the other musicians. If your dance partner is doing the Twist while you’re Square Dancing, your team is absolutely not going to win the competition! The Word of God instructs us on how to live godly lives; we agree with God and then the Holy Spirit helps us stay on track. This is a sure-fire partnership any way you slice it.

However, should we mess up, we don’t give up! We can repent, ask for forgiveness, and start dancing with our Partner again. You’re never too old, too young, or too dumb to make a difference in the Kingdom of God. And don’t live in the past, stewing about what happened or didn’t happen. God’s a big-enough Partner to obliterate your baggage — but you have to be willing to hit the delete button. You can be restored to the authentic person God created you to be. Believers get a fresh new start every morning according to Lamentations 3:23. And that’s a splendid way to begin the new year.

The Key: You can happily promenade through life with the Holy Spirit as your Partner.

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