On Wednesday, the Bishop of my church shared with us a very strong example that helped us all understand why people are sometimes not very eager to seek the Holy Spirit. And, of course, I had to share it with you. People aren't eager for the Holy Spirit, simply because they have not understood the value of the Holy Spirit. And, as intelligent people, it makes no sense to seek someone who has no value for them.
For instance, looking at the pair of shoes on the left, interesting as they are, would you exchange your house, your secure home, for the shoes? Probably not, right? In the same way, not many people are willing to spend their precious time seeking the Spirit of God, while they could be doing other things they consider more important, because He isn’t that valuable to them. Now, read a bit more about these shoes.
Harry Winston’s Ruby Slippers
While the original ruby slippers worn by Judy Garland were made with sequins, these spectacular slippers designed by Ronald Winston of the House of Harry Winston to mark the classic movie’s fiftieth anniversary used real rubies. The slippers include 4,600 rubies totaling 1,350 carats (as well as 50 carats of diamonds) which took craftsman Javiar Barerra two months to set.
Now, knowing what you know about the shoes, would you exchange your house, your secure home, for this pair of shoes? Most definitely you would, because now you know the value of the shoes and you understand that you could sell them and be able to buy yourself a better house than the one you live in right now. You might even throw in a car in there while you are at it. Let me share with you the value of having the Holy Spirit.
It is that simple. You may spend your life pursuing all sorts of material possessions and wealth. You may even spend your whole life, coming to church, doing what is right, but if you do not have the Spirit of Christ – the Holy Spirit – you do NOT belong to Him. You will be one of those to whom Jesus will say, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’ And of course, we know where these will end up.
You can’t call yourself a Christian if you do not have the Spirit of Christ. Christians are those who belong to Christ and if you do not have His Spirit, you do not belong to Him. Join us for Daniel’s Fast for the Outpouring of the Holy Spirit on April 17th!