Over the past ten years, a theme in my spiritual life that continuously emerges through people, the Bible, sermons, experiences and time spent alone quietly listening for the Lord has surfaced again in this book by Francis Chan. It’s about the Holy Spirit. I need more and more and more of Him–the “forgotten” God of the trinity–in my life.
I’m not talking about rolling around on the floor “slain in the Spirit” speaking in tongues handling snakes Holy Spirit (I’m not necessarily knocking that either). I’m talking about increasing minute by minute, day by day dependence on him as individuals and as a church. How exactly He works that out and manifests Himself in your life may be different than mine. Chan relates that often, we are too extreme about the Spirit of God: either we go way overboard being charismatic, freaking people out and focusing too much on the “gifts” of the Spirit, or we are apprehensive and apathetic, wanting nothing to do with Him at all. Neither are healthy.
I hear a lot about Jesus in the church today. It seems every other word out of Christian’s mouth is “Jesus”, which is wonderful, since He is the author and perfector of our Faith. I also hear lots about God the Father, in worship songs, in prayer, everywhere. And now I’m beginning to hear equal mention about The Holy Spirit, which is amazing. He empowers us, counsels us, illuminates scripture for us. I don’t want to forget Him.
Our God is three-in-one for a reason, right?
I loved this book. Please read it!