I know that there are many of you reading this from all over the world, and that our lifestyles and customs can be very different. I speak for myself and, I’m sure, for my sweet friend Jeanette and our entire Speak Comfort team when I say that as we think about you, when we pray for you, and while Jeanette and I write to you – even though we haven’t met yet face to face - we hold you in our hearts as one family in Christ, from every tribe, and nation and tongue (Revelation 5:9; 14:9).
Although the circumstances and places that we occupy are different, we are one Body, having partaken of the same Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:13), and our Father in heaven sees us as the Body of Christ, composed of many members, each with a divine calling and purpose.
As Jeanette mentioned in her wonderful post, “Shalom In The Midst Of Chaos”, often times she and I will write articles for you that miraculously wind up being on the same topic, not because we discuss it ahead of time but because we are writing “in the same Spirit.”
I’ll give you a little peek behind the screen and confess that sometimes I beat myself up a little bit because I don’t post as often as I imagine you would like me to, or even as often as I want to, but neither Jeanette nor I are in charge of how often we post, not because we are so busy (even though we totally are!) but because we’re not in charge of this process, Jesus is!
And so when I sit down to write as I’m doing now, it’s after the Holy Spirit has put me through his paces for a week or so, to get me ready to post what he wants to say to you. For example, I put together the image for this post on July 19, and I’m writing the content for the article today, July 29.
In between I’ve been focusing on you, praying for you, talking with the Holy Spirit, and anticipating the moment when my schedule would open up, the light would shine through, the angels would sing and the Holy Spirit would say – “You’re ready! You’re set! Now GO!” – and I would sit down and start typing! Hallelujah!
And before I do, I always begin by asking the Holy Spirit, “Lord, what do you want to say to your readers? What do you want them to know?” because this blog is for each one of you, to bring you the love of Christ, personally. It’s not about me, it’s about him and you.
Two thousand years ago, Jesus sent out his disciples to walk out his mission for them using the most advanced technology of their time, which was the Roman roads and the shipping lanes. Today, we let our fingers do the walking via the most advanced technology of our day – the www. of the WorldWideWeb – because God never lets any opportunity to reach his beloved ones go to waste, and he will use every tool available in every age to get his love to you.
Ten days ago, when I put together the image for this post, I got it that the “flash” of the firework is pretty cool, and it’s July in the US, when we celebrate our Independence Day – but I wondered, why does the Holy Spirit want me to use the words that connect us with social media? Is it about news? Yes. But it’s about more than that.
In this world today we are becoming more and more “pseudo-connected” to each other through information that flashes around the world in less than a second. But it seems that the faster information travels between us the less connected we become, and the more time technology seems to give us, the less time we actually have to just stop and hear ourselves think.
So after saying all that, here’s what the Lord wants you to know…As the Body of Christ, we are all connected through his Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the original “internet”, where God’s Spirit plugs in to our individual spirits, and brings us together as one family and one body.
Listen to how the Message translation describes this connection to God and each other through the Holy Spirit:
“You were all called to travel on the same road and in the same direction, so stay together, both outwardly and inwardly. You have one Master, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who rules over all, works through all, and is present in all. Everything you are and think and do is permeated with Oneness” (Ephesians 4:4-6).
How about that! God says that everything that he calls us to do is permeated with oneness. Oneness with him, and with each other, through his Holy Spirit.
And now, here’s the Newsflash! Where the pseudo-connectedness of social media can make us feel more isolated the more connected we seem to become, the gift of our spiritual connectedness that we receive through the Holy Spirit is designed by our Creator to connect us with the limitless source of his guidance, peace, power and protection – and to connect us with each other, as we walk by faith, not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7).
If you’re anything like me, you never go anywhere without your phone. And I mean, in the bathroom, on the bedside table, in the car, the office, the kitchen, the yard – it’s like an appendage!
But even so that connection never satisfies. In fact, it tends to create cravings that constantly need to be filled, and re-filled, and filled again and again. (I’m looking at you, Instagram, Amazon, Candy Crush!) And seriously, if we are dealing with an artificial craving that constantly needs to be re-filled, then isn’t that something draining us of precious energy?
This is where the good news comes in. Beloveds, God is good. All the time. And he wants to fill us, and re-fill us, with his goodness. God wants to pour his goodness into us, constantly. He wants us to taste and see that he is good (Psalm 34:8), and he wants us to develop a craving for the bounty that is waiting for us at his table. God does not drain us dry – he fills us full (Psalm 23).
Like the woman wanting to fill her empty vessel in John chapter 4, Jesus is waiting to meet us at the well, to fill us with Living Water, so that we never become thirsty for connectedness again. That lady had been looking for love in all the wrong places, until she met Love, Himself. And guess what, she didn’t have to earn it, deserve it and she wasn’t even expecting it, but when the time was right, Love came to find her.
And right now, wherever you are, the time is right, and Love, Himself, is waiting for you.
Set aside your empty vessel and receive what the Holy Spirit wants to pour into you. Jesus is closer than your phone, and he is ringing the bell of your heart. God is good. We can trust him. And as Jesus said to our sister at the well:
“…’Everyone who drinks this water will get thirsty again and again. Anyone who drinks the water I give will never thirst—not ever. The water I give will be an artesian spring within, gushing fountains of endless life’” (John 4:13-14 MSG).