Reading: Romans 8: 14-17
At Pentecost the gift of the Holy Spirit changes us in two ways. First, with the daily presence of the Spirit in our lives, the connection to God is constant and direct. It allows the Spirit of Jesus to be in each of us all of the time. So as He was in the Father and the Father was in Him, so are we in the Father and the Father is in us. It is because of this new connection that we live as heirs in the kingdom and, as such, are now God’s children. As Christ’s brothers and sisters, we are now able to share both in His glory and in His suffering. Our identity is now in Christ. We become bound to Him, not to the things of this world. We pursue Christ, not power or wealth or fame.
The second change is in our connection to one another. With the daily presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives, we are connected to one another as well. We are brothers and sisters together in Christ. The importance of this relationship cannot be overstated. As we continue on our journey of faith, we walk together. Instead of feeling alone, isolated, or scared, we feel fellowship, bonds of love, and encouragement. Instead of stumbling in our sin and wondering how we will get back into a right relationship with God, there is a hand of a brother or sister reaching out to help us to get back on track. Instead of looking around and worrying about what others think of us, we are surrounded by the community of the faithful, who know we are all broken and sinful, yet love us unconditionally anyway.
Once we enter into the family of God, our future is secure. We no longer worry about the things of this world. We no longer chase after things that do not last. Our goal and our focus become growing in our faith and in our relationships, both with Christ and with one another. Each day becomes a gift back to God, seeking to honor and bless Him in all we do.