This week’s chaplains corner is writtten by Casey Willett, the girl’s basketball and girl’s golf chaplain. Casey serves our student athletes so well and we are so thankful! Thanks for your words this week!
The Holy Spirit – Is He in You?
What do you think of when you hear “Holy Spirit”?
Put simply, the Holy Spirit moves us from an impossible situation into a position where it is impossible to fail.
Romans 8:5-11 (MSG) reads:
5-8 Those who think they can do it on their own end up obsessed with measuring their own moral muscle but never get around to exercising it in real life. Those who trust God’s action in them find that God’s Spirit is in them—living and breathing God! Obsession with self in these matters is a dead end; attention to God leads us out into the open, into a spacious, free life. Focusing on the self is the opposite of focusing on God. Anyone completely absorbed in self ignores God, ends up thinking more about self than God. That person ignores who God is and what he is doing. And God isn’t pleased at being ignored.
9-11 But if God himself has taken up residence in your life, you can hardly be thinking more of yourself than of him. Anyone, of course, who has not welcomed this invisible but clearly present God, the Spirit of Christ, won’t know what we’re talking about. But for you who welcome him, in whom he dwells—even though you still experience all the limitations of sin—you yourself experience life on God’s terms. It stands to reason, doesn’t it, that if the alive-and-present God who raised Jesus from the dead moves into your life, he’ll do the same thing in you that he did in Jesus, bringing you alive to himself? When God lives and breathes in you (and he does, as surely as he did in Jesus), you are delivered from that dead life. With his Spirit living in you, your body will be as alive as Christ’s!
This message makes me think of the “Is it in you” Gatorade commercials. If you’ve never seen one, check it out by clicking on this link https://youtu.be/XAI3kY4DAqE.
Gatorade shows athletes performing incredible feats while “it” (Gatorade) comes sweating from their pores. The visual illustration of something fueling us so powerfully from the inside, that its presence is tangible and indisputable. Obviously, Gatorade isn’t really that powerful and we don’t need Gatorade to dominate on the pitch/field/court but the visual reminds me of the biblical description of the Holy Spirit. God promises that an internal change, a new creation (2 Cor. 5:17), will take place within those who believe. That inward change will produce external actions. The Spirit fuels us so powerfully from the inside out that His active presence is tangible and indisputable (read Gal. 5:22-24). If the actions aren’t pouring out of your life, ask yourself… Is He in you?
Prayer: Lord please make that inward change within us evident to those around us as the Holy Spirit pours out of us. We know you are alive and active (Heb. 4:12). My prayer is that we continually seek you for spiritual fuel.
Please let us know how we can pray for you and your teams!