Week 9 Saturday

A Different Kind of Spirit

Today’s scripture selection: First Corinthians 1-2

Key verses: First Corinthians 2:12

Class spirit.  Team spirit.  Company spirit.

The world is always asking us to cheer for somebody or something.  And, especially in the corporate “dog eat dog” culture – “if you aren’t with us, you’re against us” is heard too often.

In contrast, faith offers a startling alternative.

In the scriptures, Spirit – (note the capital S) – has to do with breath and life and comfort and holiness and…God.

The Holy Spirit comes bringing comfort that the world doesn’t understand very well.

Maybe that’s why the apostle Paul could write so freely and eloquently about how the “Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God.”  He said “What we have received is not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God.”  What a difference that should make in how we live out our lives every day.

While we are pressured or tempted, day in and day out, to cheer for people and things that are really only temporary – faith invites us to give thanks for the presence of God’s Spirit in our lives – a presence that will never fail and never end.

School days eventually end, we go to the prom, and we graduate.  Our favorite teams, no matter how good, eventually lose.  And even the best and brightest businesses one day post a “going out of business” sign and close the door forever.  But God’s Spirit – and the life and love and wisdom it brings – never ends.

Now that’s something to cheer about.

Prayer: Lord, fill me with your Spirit, now and always.  AMEN.

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