In 1916, John Lloyd Wright invented Lincoln Logs. Almost 100 years later children of all ages enjoy building with these miniature log-cabin-type logs. John, whose father was the famous architect Frank Lloyd, believed that these would spark the creativity of young ones and inspire them to do great things. (Incredible Art Department)
They sure inspired me the other day when I was teaching on Ephesians chapter 4, verse 30. That passage says, “And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.” I started thinking about what grieves the Holy Spirit?
Well, I guess it depends on what the Holy Spirit is supposed to do in the life of the believer? Since the beginning, the Spirit takes that which is void and formless and brings form and fullness. (At least, that is what we read He is doing at the beginning of Creation.) And the form He is shaping us into? Well, it’s the image of Christ.
When we sin and do not exhibit the actions and attitudes of Christ, we work against the Spirit and cause Him to grieve. But, when we cooperate and live according to the Spirit, then He rejoices.
I tried to show that using Lincoln Logs. I said it is kind of like the Spirit has all of this chaos of logs to work with in our life and He is slowly putting them together, but as we sin, it is like we are tearing down the work.
I am pretty sure John never envisioned Lincoln Logs as being an example of the work of the Holy Spirit, but the next time you see some Lincoln Logs – remember not to grieve the Holy Spirit who dwells within us as He works to bring form, fullness and shape us into the image of Christ.
Rohrer, Ken. “John Lloyd Wright.” Incredible Art Department website. 1 Dec. 2012.
Incredible Art Department. 4 July 2013.
“And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.”
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