I have long held the belief that this is basically the best time to be a follower of God. The last 2,000 years since the Holy Spirit has been released to live within us and change us from the inside out are the best times after Eden. As we prepare for Pentecost Sunday, we can ponder the way that the world has changed since that day.
Peter was a devoted Jewish layman who took the claims of the Old Testament so seriously that when his brother met Jesus and believed Him to be the Messiah, the next step was to go and get Peter. He knew what it was like to love the God of the Old Testament and believe in His word and promises. He also knew what it was like to live with Jesus for three years. He actually walked and talked with Him. He saw many more miracles that even some of the other disciples didn’t get to see. He was the only disciple who had a brief walk on water. He knew the wonder of the miracles that Jesus did through the power of God. Peter, who experienced all stages of walking with God, thought that our times were the best of times spiritually. They were the best of times because of the Holy Spirit. He writes in 1 Peter 1:10-12:
“Concerning this salvation, the prophets, who spoke of the grace that was to come to you, searched intently and with the greatest care, trying to find out the time and circumstances to which the Spirit of Christ in them was pointing when he predicted the sufferings of Christ and the glories that would follow. It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves but you, when they spoke of the things that have now been told you by those who have preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven. Even angels long to look into these things.”
Paul lets us know that even the angels long to ponder how God could be so amazingly generous and loving to give us His Spirit to live inside of us. The prophets knew they weren’t writing about the Spirit for their own times. Perhaps they assumed that we would accept the privilege and grandiosity of living in the time when the Holy Spirit was given to us.
Every day in the Kingdom of God is a great day full of wonder and rich experiences. Every day through the Spirit of God that is living in you, God wants to invite you into the wonder of knowing Him. Every day is a day of miracles, whether through the salvation of a once lost soul, the realization that God could show you an answer to what is perplexing you most through watching a squirrel run from a dog, or reading something in the Bible that makes perfect sense for your life. Every day is a miracle of exploring what the Spirit can help you see. You can become conscious of your first breath as a gift from God. He gives you the air you need free of charge to breathe in and breathe out the gift of life He gave.
Today is the best day for you to believe in the power of God to love you, save you, transform you and use you in His kingdom work. Every day you get to wake up spiritually to the reality that the spirit of the one who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you (Romans 8:11). What does that mean to you? How are you enjoying the best of times spiritually?