The modern church has a problem. We, unfortunately, have many problems, but the one i would like to address here is our problem with the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit has been, forgotten, abandoned, and repressed. How can we as followers of christ muffle the Spirit who He has given to us?
Matthew 28:20 says, “…And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
I believe that this verse is Jesus talking about the Holy Spirit and how He is going to be with us always. At the time his disciples didn’t understand what he was talking about. They didn’t know that Jesus was telling them really important news about what was to come.
This reminds me of how we as Christians today forget how rad the Holy Spirit is and how important He is to our day to day lives.
Acts 1:5 says, “for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”
Jesus is clear in this verse that the Holy Spirit will come upon us believers. He contrasts the baptism of the Holy Spirit with the baptism of water. Baptism with water is just an earthly sign and proclamation of faIth in Christ, but baptism with the Holy Spirit is powerful, transformative, healing, and life changing.
The problem with the church today is we abandon this amazing gift from god.
We become scared to let the spirit lead us because we think it will make us look to “radical” or too “crazy”
The modern church has forgotten the power and awe of the Holy Spirit, even though we have many clear examples of how life changing the Holy Spirit is in the New Testament. we forget how truly blessed we are in this age. In the past the only people who had the Holy Spirit were a few select people and only for a certain time. In the present we have the Spirit with us if we follow Christ and He is not going to leave us. When we forget this fact we end up falling into a state of thinking in which we believe we have to handle everything alone. The Holy Spirit was sent to us to help us and lead us. If we don’t let Him guide us we will quickly become overwhelmed with sin.
We know that the Holy Spirit is powerful, He is literally God inside of us. How can we abandon Him? Why are we so scared to let him take control of our life? Im not better than anyone else and this is still an issue that i am working through but i just want to encourage you. Lets remember who the Spirit is and what his role is in our lives.
My prayer for us is to invite the Holy Spirit to be known through us, to continue loving people and sharing the good news of Jesus.