The following quote about the Spirit-filled life is from Forgotten God: Reversing Our Tragic Neglect of the Holy Spirit by Francis Chan (page 37).
I then proceeded to tell [my wife] about the confusion I imagined a caterpillar must experience. For all its caterpillar life, it crawls around a small patch of dirt and up and down a few plants. Then one day it takes a nap. A long nap. And then, what in the world must go through its head when it wakes up to discover it can fly? What happened to its dirty, plump little worm body? What does it think when it sees its tiny new body and gorgeous wings?
As believers, we ought to experience this same kind of astonishment when the Holy Spirit enters our bodies. We should be stunned in disbelief over becoming a “new creation” with the Spirit living in us. As the caterpillar finds its new ability to fly, we should be thrilled over our Spirit-empowered ability to live differently and faithfully. Isn’t this what the Scriptures speak of? Isn’t this what we’ve all been longing for?
It really is an astounding truth that the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead lives in you. He lives in me. I do not know what the Spirit will do or where He’ll lead me each time I invite Him to guide me. But I am tired of living in a way that looks exactly like people who do not have the Holy Spirit of God living in them. I want to consistently live with an awareness of His strength. I want to be different today from what I was yesterday as the fruit of the Spirit becomes more manifest in me.
I want to live so that I am truly submitted to the Spirit’s leading on a daily basis . Christ said it is better for us that the Spirit came, and I want to live like I know that is true. I don’t want to keep crawling when I have the ability to fly.
Are you crawling or flying? Read about the Spirit-filled life from Cru’s founder, Bill Bright: The Wonderful News of the Spirit-Filled Life.
- The photos were taken at Lukas Nursery’s Butterfly Encounter in Oveido, Florida. Sus visited there with the bridesmaids the day before Josh and Nicole’s wedding.
- Best-selling author, Francis Chan, is planting churches in the San Francisco area.
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- Francis Chan gave two powerful messages at our Cru staff conference this summer. Find the links to his talks (and others’) in this post: Our recommendations: the Cru15 Conference.