A Lot Of Information
A lot has happened in the last few weeks.
We would need full days of reading to catch up with everything that has been written on media platforms and hours of feeding our minds with images of different interpretations of our modern reality. From the daily updates about the COVID-19 cases to the public response, from the government’s handling of the pandemic to the controversial presidential elections south of the border, plus the various bits of information that keep knocking on the door of our already saturated brains… Yeah, we would need to read or watch a whole lot more.
Let’s Walk More
Considering the importance of our peace of mind and overall well-being, reading more papers and watching more videos are not necessarily what is needed right now. Let’s not read or watch more, but rather let’s walk more… in the Spirit, that is.
Jesus said that he came to give us life more abundantly (John 10:10). He does that through his Spirit. We often limit walking in the Spirit to the discipline of avoiding sin, but there’s so much more to the Lord’s promise. It’s not just about overcoming our human weaknesses; it’s also about seeking proximity with the Spirit, — knowing that even when you are overwhelmed by temptations and events that are beyond your control, he will keep you in a good place with God.
Do You Have The Spirit?
It sometimes seems like Christians have managed to make Christianity more about regulating sins and beliefs than about living out the abundant life found in Jesus through his Spirit. King David was deeply attached to the word of God, but he understood that proximity is key: you can know the Holy Book by heart and still be far from the Lord if you don’t have the Holy Spirit.
When he was found guilty of committing a sin, David did not just ask for forgiveness. He asked that the Spirit would not be taken away from him:
Do not banish me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore the joy of your salvation to me, and sustain me by giving me a willing spirit. Psalm 51:11-12 (CSB)
Many of us are also attached to the Word of God, and although we may not admit it, we don’t always like the idea of the Spirit making the necessary changes in our hearts.
He Wants To Fill You!
In the Old Testament days, God was expected to move in the temple during a religious ceremony (we humans love a good ceremony). The Israelites had the Word of God, but they didn’t have his Spirit in them.
Thanks to Jesus, those days are long gone as he made proximity with the Spirit possible by dying for us on the cross. And he did not die in a temple, nor was he offered in sacrifice at a religious gathering in the Old Testament fashion. But he was lifted up in a public place for the whole world to see and receive… abundant life.
Rejoice and be glad: you are living in a new paradigm, and the Spirit wants to fill you today!