This blog is for those who consider themselves Christians. If you are not, but are intrigued by the title, feel free to read through the following, and then consider asking God what He does, and where He is at right now, like you would when meeting someone new.
I recall in the late 1990’s the Japanese toy that was released, called the Tamagotchi. This was like a digital pet that lived inside an egg-shaped piece of plastic. You could “feed” this non-furry, little creature. You could play with this mini-byte creature, as I remember. You could even see this creature sadly pass away, I think. Boo hoo.. For millions of consumers, you could possess this little toy to your Millennial heart’s content. Sadly, this is an illustration of how some of us as American Christians seem to view the Holy Spirit (also God’s Spirit, or the Holy Ghost, if you prefer), their sweet, little possession.
In our Wall-E-esque, consumeristic lives, we Christians seem to get so defensive of how without a doubt, “we have the Holy Spirit,” as though we know oh so certainly. Jesus said that the Spirit comes and goes like the wind, but perhaps that’s another blog. Scripture is clear that God reigned in the ministry of Jesus, with the Holy Spirit at work. They were one and the same, the Trinity at work, God at work. Is God the Spirit at work in America, however? Has the Church yearned for the Spirit in these days, or have we quenched the Spirit, as Paul instructed the Thessalonians not to.
God’s Spirit cannot be contained and possessed like all the little Tamagotchis floating around in boxes today. The Church is not to be the spiritual Costco that sells the Spirit to you in exchange for a life-long membership and shift-filling. The Spirit is more than just “this little light of mine.” He is the Grand Initiator for salvation; the grand Creator of new life inside of us. We don’t possess the Spirit; the Spirit simply wants to possess us! He brings arms out of sockets, and joy out of hearts. Oh, but that’s right; our pseudo-joy comes from an anti-social network and our hospitals are good enough to attach arms onto sockets. It really is true; Christ didn’t come for the wealthy and perfect, but for the sick.
The never-ending result of a lifelong Spirit-plan is “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.” (Gal. 5:22-3) The key is to continue asking God for His Spirit, and to continue walking and talking with Him. Jesus taught us to hang out with Him endlessly. If we don’t, we won’t see any attributes of God’s Kingdom. Don’t despise Christophanies (and I’m not talking about Jesus metaphors in film); they’re happening today. Don’t despise messages of people receiving physical sight, or people coming back from the dead; they’re happening. Don’t despise the service you gave to the lady down the street; you were serving the Lord of the universe. These didn’t happen because we obtained the Spirit one day in the past. They happened because the power and love of God possessed us, the light of the world.
I don’t have much more to say, except that God yearns for us to set aside our iDolatry on five or six inch screens, and take a walk, talking with the Maker of all. Let’s ask God for the Sprit of power, love, and a sound mind to overtake us. Instead of treating God like a small toy or technological device that we obtained in the past when we got “saved” (by the way, let’s ask ourselves what we got saved from), let’s allow the Creator to consume us with any opportune slot in our day, right now.