If you identify yourself as Christian, then you likely know about these three pillars to the Christian faith: 1) Church, 2) Prayer, and 3) Reading the Bible. These things are universal to the Christian experience, whether you “grew up in” the church or became a believer much later in life. And then there’s the list of things NOT to do. Don’t drink, smoke, curse, listen to heavy metal (unless it’s heavy Christian metal), be promiscous, abuse/deal illegal drugs, and so on and so forth. For the majority of us, this list of three do’s and the longer list of don’ts make up the core of Christianity.
But some really cool things have happened in our lives lately, and in the lives of people we know. Spiritual, supernatural things. And our first reaction is to be shocked, surprised, and a little freaked out, almost as if we haven’t fully grasped this thing all along. You mean there’s really a God up there, and He really does interact with us? No way! And while the workings of the Holy Spirit should indeed amaze us, as my husband said today, this is really just basic Christianity.
We can talk to God. Did you know that He will talk back? How does He talk with us today? What does it mean to live in the Spirit? Pray in the Spirit? I’m tired of skipping over those parts of my Bible. I want more than lukewarm, rule-following Christianity. Don’t you?