GETTING READY

“The Spirit of God whets our appetite by giving us a taste of what’s ahead. He puts a little of heaven in our hearts so that we’ll never settle for less”.

2 Cor 5:5 EHP

Many roles are assigned to the Holy Spirit in the Bible. In the Old Testament he gave the prophets words to speak. In the New Testament he gave the apostles their marching orders to the Gentile mission. He worked in the lives of believers to shape them more like Christ, bringing to ripeness in them the fruits of love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Gal 5: 22,23, NIV). And “our longing for the life of the new age does not arise from within us. Left to ourselves we may not be happy with our new home or our new clothes; they may not be what we expected. It is God who has graciously prepared us for all that his great future holds.

By the Spirit, who belongs to the new age, but whom God has given us now, we are being prepared for our new dwelling, our new apparel. The presence of the Spirit within us is signified by the deep longing believers experience for their future with God. Our ‘sighing’ for it is inspired by the Spirit, who, however, is not yet present in his fullness; that is reserved for the coming age. What we have now is the Spirit as a ‘deposit’, ‘guaranteeing’ an expected future payment in full. A ‘guarantee’ was used in Paul’s time in commercial transactions.; today the same Greek word is used for an engagement ring, pledging and guaranteeing the marriage day” (P. Barnett, The Message of 2 Corinthians, p100).

Let the Holy Spirit continue to prepare you for heaven!

PRAYER THOUGHT

Lord, I am preparing for that new life in the new age.

PRAYER OF INTERCESSION

Lord, help me to be wise with my money. Keep reminding me that you have made me a steward of the money I get and that however much that is, it would be nice to have more, but it’s what you’ve apportioned. Help me to be content and show me how to budget responsibly. Make me generous towards others. I ask it in Jesus’ name. AMEN

I.B.R.A. Readings

Mark 14:66–72