Hi everyone, Rob here. The Holy Spirit is a wonderful gift to us. It is the life of Christ in us; the Father and the Son making their home in us; our Comforter and Counsellor. The Holy Spirit sanctifies us, gifts us, empowers us and helps us to give and receive the amazing love of God. But the Spirit is also described as a deposit: “Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come (2 Corinthians 1:21-22).” That means that the Spirit is not the full payment. There is more to come. This should bring us comfort because we know darn well that our lives aren’t filled with the fullness of Christ yet. But I wonder if it should also inspire us to take that deposit and invest it so that we can live out what the apostle Paul’s saying in the following verses:
“But if Christ is in you, then even though your body is subject to death because of sin, the Spirit gives life because of righteousness.” – Romans 8:10
“For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God.” – Romans 8:14
“Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.” – Galatians 5:25
“I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith.” – Ephesians 3:16-17
There is so much more! We are given the Holy Spirit, not just as God’s life in us to be used, but as a deposit to invest to help prepare us for eternity. God wants to shape us so that our eternal future truly feels like home. This means learning to be much more at home in his kingdom and less at home in this fallen world. We grow more content in Christ and less content in the world. To do that we learn to invest in the heart because the Spirit dwells in and operates out of our new heart. We learn to pray, offering our heart’s aches, joys, needs and hopes up to Jesus who intercedes for us before the throne of God. As I write I realise that I have some reconciliation to do, some more surrender to Jesus and a need to spend some time in worship. So I will finish this and do those things. That is investing my deposit. It means acting on what the Spirit is saying through my new heart. As I do that every day, and ask forgiveness for when I don’t, the deposit grows and I truly become Spirit led.
But this age will never be our true home. It’s still about becoming at home in God’s kingdom. This passage in 2 Corinthians 4 -5 (Message version) sums it up beautifully:
“So we’re not giving up. How could we! Even though on the outside it often looks like things are falling apart on us, on the inside, where God is making new life, not a day goes by without his unfolding grace. These hard times are small potatoes compared to the coming good times, the lavish celebration prepared for us. There’s far more here than meets the eye…Compared to what’s coming, living conditions around here seem like a stopover in an unfurnished shack, and we’re tired of it! We’ve been given a glimpse of the real thing, our true home, our resurrection bodies! The Spirit of God whets our appetite by giving 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.”
Here’s a song by Britt Nicole that is one person’s investment journey!