Showing Up

“The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you.” (Romans 8:11a NLT)  Does this verse startle you?  Do you remember what they did with the priest in the Old Testament when he entered the Presence of God, when he went into the Holy of Holies once a year?  They tied a rope around the foot of the High Priest, so they could pull him out of the Holy of Holies if he wasn’t in a good place with Almighty God and he was struck down...dead.  The same Spirit lives in you.  Jesus Christ, who is one with the Father, walked on water, healed blind and lame people; He called a little girl back from death, He stepped in front of an angry mob for an adulterous woman that by law, deserved to be stoned.  The same Spirit that lives in Christ, is alive in you.

“The Spirit is God’s guarantee that He will give us the inheritance He promised and that He has purchased us to be His own people.” (Ephesians 1:14a NLT)

If you have a relationship with Jesus Christ, then the Spirit of the living God lives in you.  God’s Spirit in you and me.  This means wherever we go, we take the Spirit of God.  I think we forget the Presence of the living God is within us and has the potential to bless people or change their lives forever, when we show up.  When we show up to small group, our kids’ games, in our office, in a school office or stand on the corner and talk with our neighbor – we are offering an opportunity for someone who may not know God, to stand in His Presence.  I hope this encourages you, like it encourages me.  I may not know what to say, but because and only because I’m a vessel of the Spirit of God, anything is possible.

On Sunday, I asked our new church for 40 volunteers to help Murchison Middle School with their new Academic Center.  We had about 20 people sign up.  I was very encouraged…and impressed.  Also, I’m sure more will sign up this week.  During my time in the Academic Center this week, 2 students came in, but they came in with their counselor, so they really didn’t need for me to be there.  Initially, I was concerned, worrying that the 60 – 90 minutes I asked people to give might not feel useful.  However, when I think of what God might accomplish by you showing up and the Holy Spirit spending another 20 – 30 hours in Murchison Middle School each week, I have no doubt that God is up to something much bigger than we might ask, hope or dare to imagine.  So, if you’re a volunteer – way to go!  Regardless if you signed up and served or not, be reminded Who is living in you!  My prayer is that we will be yielded to the Spirit and look for more places to just show up for His sake.

Lessons from Leroy

Lessons from Leroy

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