I’ve been giving some thought to religion, as to why so many have been so wounded by it. Not that anyone ever intended to hurt someone else with what they believe, but it happens. I am speaking here to Christians, so don’t be distracted.
Have you ever wondered why there are so many denominations? Sometimes there are two or three at the same intersection. I used to wonder about that.
As time has gone by, I’ve found my way into quite a number of those buildings, looking for something. I wasn’t sure what, at least in my youth, but I knew I would know it when I found it. Sometimes I thought I had found it, some spark of life would encourage me to stay, until one day I would realize I had not found it after all.
I met various rules and regulations along the way. They were all designed with the intent of keeping the presence of God; at least I hope they were. But somehow, they just didn’t do the job. It seemed I would find myself in the shell of a building that had no life at all. It is hardly a wonder that so many find Christianity empty.
I believe God gave me a metaphor to help me understand the problem. It started with these verses.
John 20:22, “And when He had said this, He breathed on them and said unto them, receive ye the Holy Spirit.”
Acts 2:1, “And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place, 2 And suddenly there was a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind and it filled all the house where they were sitting. 3 And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. 4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit.’
John 3:8, “The wind blows wherever it will, and you hear the sound it makes, but you do not know where it comes from and where it is going. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”
The metaphor is this: we have been trying to put the wind in a box. You can’t do that! You will end up with a lot of pretty boxes, but no wind at all if you do not guard your heart. You see He breathed the wind into US! He made US alive!
2 Tim 1:6 says, “Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God that is in you.”
You see, it’s not the box. It’s the wind! We can only keep the wind alive in our own hearts. That is where God placed it. That is where He breathed His breath and made HIs fire to burn. When the fire begins to grow dim, it is most probably not another box we need, it is stirring of the coals, and fanning of the flame. We have to fan the flame till it burns brightly… When this fire is really burning, the Wind will blow with such force that I’m not sure it can be kept in any box at all.