Once in a while, I pick up my copy of ‘The One Year Book Of Christian History.” It is a great little devotional book, with historical lessons of faith for every day of the year. Sometimes they are not just thought provoking, but lessons that I think could be “game changers” for people. Today’s meditation is one of the latter.
The story is told of Dr. Walter Wilson, a student of the bible who lamented that his own Christian life was fruitless. When visiting with a French missionary he was asked this question, “What is the Holy Spirit to you?”
When Wilson argued the biblical identity of the Spirit, the missionary pressed him again, “What is he to you?” After thoughtful and honest reflection, Wilson responded with all candor, “He is nothing to me.” “I have no contact with Him, no personal relationship, and could get along quite well without Him.”
Think about that statement for a moment. Let it sink in.
Years later in his life, Dr. wilson had the occasion of hearing the late Dr. James Gray, president of the Moody Bible Institute, teach a lesson on Romans 12:1.
Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. Romans 12:1
In his message, Dr. Gray asked the following, “Have you noticed that this verse does not tell us to whom we are to surrender our bodies?” “It is not the Lord Jesus, He has His own body. It is not God the Father, … He remains upon His throne. Another has come to earth without a body,.. God gives you the privilege and the indescribable honor of presenting your bodies to the Holy Spirit, to be His dwelling place on earth.”
Later, Wilson prayed and surrendered his whole life to God.
What is the Holy Spirit to YOU?