because the Holy Spirit had not yet come upon any of them; they had simply been baptized into the name of the Lord Jesus. Acts 8: 16 (NIV)
Does the description fit fairly well our Christian scene today? Fancy new teaching would have us all believe that we already have one foot in the Promised Land. So many are congratulating ourselves for choosing to wear the name of Jesus. But what about people´s hearts? What has really changed deep within the soul of all these contented converts? Has anyone really taken their sights off of their desires in this life? How many believers have pressed past decisions, declarations and higher moral standards? How many followers of Christ have gone on to become so close to Him that His Spirit has swept in and taken control of their lives?
Should we be the kind of seeker that will not worship from afar? Shall we burn, ache, and yearn to be filled with the Spirit of God? Shall we rest neither day nor night until our emptiness is bursting with an overwhelming Presence? Shall we accept nothing less than God´s Spirit moving us, directing us, enabling us and bringing us ever closer to Him? Shall we pray in earnest, seek and follow our Savior hard until He fills us to overflowing? Will we go forward with or without the Holy Spirit today?
Let us rest not! Increase our desire and need for You until we cannot live without Your Holy Spirit in us. Drive us hard to seek Your Spirit to guide us, move us and direct us ever more intently towards You and our Father we pray!
By S.D. Wonenberg