I John 4:13 “We know that we live in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit.”
My maiden name is Smith. Try as I may, I have difficulty tracing my family tree past a certain point. There are just too many of us! But the name Brumbaugh is a different story. Whenever we meet or hear of another Brumbaugh family, we know there is probably a connection somewhere or other.
Interestingly, there is a Brumbaugh family crest. It is a badge of belonging, showing that the bearer of that crest is a true member of that family. When I married my husband, I was given the right to claim that crest as my own. I am a Brumbaugh, my children are Brumbaughs, and their children will be Brumbaughs.
When we become Christians, the Holy Spirit is sort of like our family crest. On the outside, we may not look any different. It may be hard to tell us apart from the rest of the world, just by looking at the surface. But deep down, we will carry with us a badge of belonging – the Holy Spirit – which assures us of our status as a true child of God.
Having God’s Spirit live in us doesn’t make any sense to those living without the Holy Spirit. How can we possibly know that God is in us, when we can’t see, touch, feel, hear, smell Him? But I know. I know that I live in Him and He lives in me, because I have experienced Him in my life.
At the moment we acknowledge Jesus as God’s Son, believe in what He did for us on the cross, and accept His free gift of salvation, God adopts us into His family. At that moment, He marks us with the family seal, which is His Holy Spirit. Never again will I be without Him, for He lives in me, and I in Him. What a glorious discovery!
Now, many of His children choose to stray, and become wayward children living as paupers when they could be living as kings. But though our decisions may lead us astray, though our circumstances may change, we will always bear the family seal. We will always be His children, for though He may chastise us, He will never disown us. And like the prodigal son spoken of in Luke 15, He will always welcome us home with open arms, for that is where we belong.
Dear Father, Thank You for Your Holy Spirit, which marks me as Your child. When Your Spirit speaks to me, guides me, and whispers words of wisdom to me, help me to listen. I love you.