This is a question I just can’t get around: If it’s true that the Spirit of God dwells in us and that our bodies are the Holy Spirit’s temple, then shouldn’t there be a huge difference between the person who has the Spirit of God living inside of him or her and the person who does not?
This may be a silly illustration, but if I told you I had an encounter with God where He entered my body and gave me a supernatural ability to play basketball, wouldn’t you expect to see an amazing improvement in my jump shot, my defense, and my speed on the court? After all, this is God we’re talking about. And if you saw no change in my athleticism, wouldn’t you question the validity of my “encounter”?
Church goers all across the nation say the Holy Spirit has entered them. They claim that they are born again and God has given them a supernatural ability to follow Christ, put their sin to death, and serve the church. Yet when those outside the church see no difference in our lives, they begin to question our integrity, our sanity, or even worse, our God. And can you blame them? As the caterpillar finds its new ability to fly, we should be thrilled over our Spirit-empowered ability to live differently and faithfully. Isn’t this what the scriptures speak of? Isn’t this what we’ve all been longing for?
“Heaven forbid we gain a reputation for being weird or immoderate. Fear of rejection has paralyzed me more than once. God has answered my prayers for greater boldness, but I would be dishonest if I did not admit there are still times when I worry about how others view me. Most of us assume that what we believe is right but have never really studied for ourselves. We were simply told. ‘This is the way it is,’ and didn’t question. The problem is much of what we believe is often based on comfort or our culture’s tradition than on the Bible.” – Forgotten God, Francis Chan