Scripture Reading: Galatians 1:11-24, 2:20
Ready to fill your vacant soul? Today, no history lesson about Roman politics or faceless kings. It’s just you, me, Paul, and Jesus.
The scripture readings today come from the letter to the Galatians. It was possibly the first letter that Paul wrote after his conversion and beginning of his ministry. The verse in Galatians 2:20, is our key verse for today; the union of our spirit with God’s spirit. “It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me.”
Yesterday, our study introduced Jesus’s story about an empty soul and the threat of vacancy allowing demons to enter. How are we suppose to fill our empty souls? How are we to fill our souls so demons cannot come to cohabitate? Demons like addiction, envy, apathy, and any human treacherous misery you can think up. Jesus promised the disciples that He would send a spirit to live in us after he died. And this promise still holds true for us today. This spirit is what we need to fill that vacancy.
Sometimes we neglect to remember that this promise still holds true? The late Dan Stone, author of “The Rest of The Gospel” wrote a book based on this whole premise of the Holy Spirit. He states that we neglect to tap into this promise that Paul wrote about in Galatians 2:20. Here’s the background blurb from Amazon describing his book, “ Having God’s forgiveness is wonderful. Spending eternity with God is great. But for now, where is the abundant life Jesus promised? Why is the Christian life such a struggle? Because getting forgiven is only half of the gospel! The rest of the gospel is not us striving on our own to be good Christians, but Christ in us, living His life through us as we rest in him.”
Stone , in his book, describes the differences between the body, the soul, and the spirit. According to Stone, they are interconnected and have separate places. Our spirit is the place where we are connected to God, allowing Christ to live in us. The soul is the place that is restless, and noisy. “Our spirit, guided by God, speaks to our soul.” In some translations of Jesus ‘s story of the vacant house, they use the word “soul”. If we use Stone’s theory, then God speaks to our soul, through our spirit. If our vacant houses, our souls, are to stay full with no demons then we need to be attached to God’s spirit, and we can only do this through belief in Jesus. It seems complicated, but the more I think about the story that Jesus told to the pharisee’s that day, the more it makes sense. I want to keep my house full of His spirit, to keep my soul less restless.
Spend some time in prayer today, asking God to present His portrait of his spirit more clear to you. Read John 14:15-17 where Jesus explains to his disciples about the Holy Spirit. If you are not living your fullest life you can possibly have with this helper that Jesus promised, then ask Him today for this help. Here’s a little music to guide you in your meditation.