I used to wonder, “How do we get into heaven?” But now I want to know, “How do we get heaven into us?”
I used to ask, “How much of the Holy Spirit do I have in my life?” But now I ask, “How much of my life do I give to the Holy Spirit?”
Jesus has settled and secured our salvation. We can bank on it! But what about here and now—what does God want to do in our lives today? I skimmed through the New Testament this morning looking for the answer, wondering how God’s Holy Spirit interacts with us. I discovered a rather energizing list.
As we prepare for heaven, let’s not miss out on the gift God wants to give us here and now. Jesus longs to give us the Holy Spirit; will we recognize and receive the gift? Will we change our minds and agree with what God says about us and about life? Will we open our hearts and receive the righteousness, peace and joy of God’s kingdom? Will we give our life and will over to the care of God, so God can fill us through and through with the presence and power of the Holy Spirit . . . without limit? (John 3:34)
Larry Stoess is an author, public speaker, and urban church planter. He loves telling stories about how dreaming with God will empower people to make old and broken things new again. Larry and a band of friends founded the Church of the Promise in Louisville's Portland neighborhood; The Table, a pay-what-you-can community café; and Promise Housing Plus, a non-profit construction company. He has written about their experience of dreaming with God in his new book: Think Red.