MONDAY, OCTOBER 2
“Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send Him to you.”
John 16:7 ESV
WIN THE DAY: DEPEND ON THE SPIRIT
A children’s catechism class was learning the Apostles Creed. Each child had been assigned a sentence to repeat. The first one said, “I believe in God the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth.” The second child said, “I believe in Jesus Christ, His only Son…” When he had completed his sentence, there was an embarrassing silence. Finally, one child piped up, “Teacher, the boy who believes in the Holy Spirit isn’t here.”
God sent the Holy Spirit as a gift to those of us who believe in His Son Jesus Christ for salvation. Living by the power of the Holy Spirit may be one of the most neglected parts of many Christian lives because we simply don’t understand who He is.
Francis Chan, author of “The Forgotten God,” wrote these words, “From my perspective, the Holy Spirit is tragically neglected and, for all practical purposes, forgotten. While no evangelical would deny His existence…there are millions of churchgoers across America who cannot confidently say they have experienced His presence or action in their lives over the past year. And many of them do not believe they can.” Pastor J.D. Greear believes christians generally fall into one of two extremes: 1) Some seem obsessed with Him, relating to Him in strange, mystical ways. Their experiences with the Spirit seem to coincide with an emotionally ecstatic moment. 2) Other Christians react to that perceived excess by neglecting His ministry altogether. They believe in the Holy Spirit, but they relate to Him the same way they relate to their pituitary gland: grateful it’s in there; know it’s essential for something; don’t pay much attention to it.
Jesus made it clear that the Holy Spirit was sent for our “advantage” or profit. If we can learn to live by and walk in the Spirit, we will be better off. This week we will study some of the advantages the Holy Spirit is intended to have in our lives. Based on what you know, how would you describe the Holy Spirit to a child? What difference can you think of that the Holy Spirit has made in your life recently? Thank God for that difference.