Our verse for today comes from Acts 19:2, ” And he said to them, ‘Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?’ And they said, ‘No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.’ “
When you sign on for something, you want to be sure and get everything that you’re supposed to get. New employees need to get the full orientation of their workplace, learning about the guidelines, benefits, and general office protocol. It should be clearly explained whether you need to park in a certain area, arrive and leave at a certain time, and what type of insurance and retirement benefits might be available. And you might need to know where you are to sit and which is your computer. If your new boss noticed you hanging out in different areas each day, getting little done and interfering with the other employees, he’d probably ask real quick whether you knew where you were supposed to be and what you were supposed to be doing. And although it wouldn’t look too good if you told him that you had no clue where your desk and computer were, it would at least explain why you were drifting from desk to desk, asking to use everyone else’s workspace, and doing more harm than good.
But what would make even less sense would be the employee who knew exactly where they should be, what they should be doing, had all that they needed to accomplish it, and still meandered around the office without ever turning on their computer. And if they worked there for many years, could you imagine the frustration others would have, seeing that employee doing so little yet acting as if they were a valuable employee who contributed as much as any other co-worker? If you believe in Jesus, much has been given to you in His Name. And as such, much is required of you in that same powerful Name. If you are still unaware of the dynamics of following Jesus, then that is unfortunate, but not tragic. But if you know how powerful God is and can be, if you know the enormity of His sacrifice and the real call to selflessness, yet dismiss it as hyperbole, then there is a more serious issue to address. Receive all that He is, and then, let Him be all that He is through you. Put an end to your tragedy.
As we seek Him today, examine whether your relationship with Christ is a two-way street. Believe and receive, and then give and live.