The ‘fun size’ Holy Spirit
I think if we are honest with ourselves, there are many things in our world that don’t make sense to us. Why doesn’t pizza come in a round box? Why does “fun size” candy come in smaller portions? Why do we say “heads up” to someone when we want them to duck? What exactly are the Kardashians famous for? Why do “fat chance” and “slim chance” mean the same thing? Why do drive-up ATM machine have signs with Braille lettering? Why don’t we ever hear about a psychic winning the lottery?
Some things simply don’t make sense to us and trying to wrap our minds around it can be exhausting.
On a more serious note, I bring this up because the Bible says what would be considered some pretty crazy things about the Holy Spirit. For example: At one point, the disciples were accused of being drunk at 9 a.m. when they started to speak in different languages as they were enabled by the Holy Spirit (Acts 2). Probably my all-time favorite incident occurs in the book of I Kings where an aged prophet named Elijah felt the power of God come upon him and ran ahead of the horses pulling the king’s best chariot for about 17 miles wearing just his cloak and belt!
It was Jesus himself who instructed his disciples to do the following: “Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received, freely give.”
You see, many of us would say that we don’t like hypocrites, but if that is the case, why don’t the lives of every Christian reflect the power of the Holy Spirit? This power that was present in the lives of Christ and his biblical followers is the same Holy Spirit that is working in the lives of his followers today. Does your life fit the mold of one being described in these broad strokes as possessed by the Holy Spirit? How about your church body? Should it be?
I admittedly have almost as many questions as I do answers on this subject. But that is exactly why I want to exhort you to seek the Holy Spirit in your life. Paul writes that since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. Would you believe someone or something that claims one thing and then does the other?
Church facilities across this country are closing at a steady and rapid rate, but have you ever wondered why? Why do many outside the walls of the church look unfavorably upon the church as a whole? If the church and Christians are supposed to be the embodiment of the Holy Spirit – it sure looks like they come confusingly and tragically short.
Sometimes things don’t make sense to us, but God has a reason for it. If the Holy Spirit seems like a bit of a mystery to you, you need to seek after Him. God may choose to unlock to you some of the complexities of the Spirit.
If that happens, maybe then, someone can also tactfully explain to me the dilemma of why the hair on the top of my head has effectively ceased to grow, while my facial hair and (to an alarming degree) my back hair continues to thrive. Maybe then I’ll understand why there are no seat belts on school buses and finally the greatest mystery of all – how can any person be a fan of the Dallas Cowboys?!?
Finding Faith is written by area pastors. This week’s column comes from Rev. Scott Garman, pastor of Cedar Heights Brethren in Christ Church.