“When we are finished with our time this morning,” Stan said, “I need to stop by the Post Office. Would you try to remind me?”
“Sure,” I said. “What do you need to do there?”
“Yesterday there was a notice of a registered letter in my mail box. I need to pick it up and sign for it at the Post Office as proof that I got it.”
Stan continued, “You know there are some real parallels about that and my spiritual walk with God.”
“God sent His Son into the world. Did I receive Him? Is there proof of receipt?”
“And, further,” Stan continued, “Jesus asked His Father to send the Holy Spirit. He did send Him, but the question is did I receive Him? Where’s the proof?”
“What kind of proof are you talking about, Stan?”
“My life is to be the proof. My life is to be a manifestation of the presence of the Holy Spirit. There should be no question of whether there is proof of receipt.”
“It’s just like the matter of if I am accused of being a Christian, is there enough evidence to convict me?!”
“Too often I act like the Holy Spirit’s presence in my life is a given, without it being necessary to get myself out of His way so He can and will be manifested.”
Receive the Holy Spirit. John 20:22.
Prayer: Lord, you sent your only Son into the world to atone for my sin and separation from you so that I can have life with you forever when my time here is done. I accepted that free gift. You then sent your Holy Spirit to live in me to give me life with you on this side of eternity. You know how often I fail to manifest proof that I received Him. I ask for your help so that there is never a question about that. Amen.