Many people who go to church often treat the Holy Spirit as if He were a dessert that they can refuse to have after a hearty ‘main course’. They enjoy the message that is being given, the prayers and blessings, but think they can forgo the part where they must give their lives in order to receive the Holy Spirit. They don’t understand that without the Holy Spirit, nothing else will contribute towards their eternal salvation.
The baptism in the Holy Spirit is a must to any who wish to have their souls saved, but many have not made this the priority of their lives.
‘Now about the middle of the feast Jesus went up into the temple and taught.’ (John 7:14)
We can see in the verse above that, during one of the biggest Jewish feasts of the time, the Feast of the Tabernacles, Jesus walked for some time amongst the partygoers. He soon left and went to teach at the temple. Observe that, even though a great feast was going on, there were still people in the temple wanting to learn, or else Jesus would not have gone there to teach. These people chose to be in God’s house in order to receive His word and there they received Jesus Himself.
Those who were outside the temple, partying and worrying about the things of this world, did not receive Him. Jesus did not speak to them but rather revealed Himself only to those who sought the holy and unblemished things.
Likewise, only those who maintain their focus on the Word of God and thirst to receive Him will be baptised in the Holy Spirit. Those who become distracted by the ‘noise’ of the world and its temptations are not in a condition to host Him in their lives.
This is because the Holy Spirit is also the Spirit of sacrifice. Those who do not sacrifice their own lives cannot receive Him. Only those who sacrifice their desires in order to obey His will can receive His Spirit.
The baptism in the Holy Spirit is the most important accomplishment of our lives. He is the One who gives us direction, strength and protection, because He lives inside us 24 hours a day. Without Him we are vulnerable, and worse, we have no guarantee of our salvation.
Jesus came to give life everlasting but only a few do what is necessary to receive Him. Only a few ignore the blessings and focus on the One who blesses. Only a few prioritise the greatest gift we can receive from Him, which is He Himself.