Daily Dose, Sept. 27 — I Believe: The Apostles’ Creed

  While Peter was still speaking, the Holy Spirit fell upon all who heard the word. The circumcised believers who had come with Peter were astounded that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out even on the Gentiles, for they heard them speaking in tongues and extolling God. Then Peter said, “Can anyone withhold the water for baptizing these people who have received the Holy Spirit just as we have?” So he ordered them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they invited him to stay for several days. (Acts 10:44-48)   We slip away from the Apostles’ Creed on occasion to affirm our faith in God. New phrases are hinges that open big doors. For instance, the United Church of Canada says that “God works in us and others by the Spirit.” Many Christians are reluctant to welcome the Spirit into the sanctuary and into our hearts. We prefer our God as the Father above us or as the Son of God kept safely at a distance of approximately 2,000 years. Letting God IN is always a bit scary. Other Christians talk only of the Holy Spirit and easily forget that the Father and Son are also hitched to the wagon of goodness, trying to pull the world away from an obvious train wreck. The Spirit affirmation is actually quite simple. The medicine of God’s redeeming love has to get IN YOU to cure you. You cannot rub the bottle of cough syrup on your chest. You have to swallow it so the inside and feverish part of you can get better. You do not have to attend a class on Christianity 303 to receive the Holy Spirit. All you have to do is believe in Jesus Christ, and the Spirit will begin to show up in your heart every time. You want the Spirit that gives peace and joy and love? Have faith in Christ. You want to live a life that pleases God and helps people? Trust Christ enough to begin doing what he said and what he did, and the Spirit will put your heart in gear. Be ready to get on the field when you open your life to the God who wants IN. The Spirit hates standing on the sidelines. -- Y’all come, Dr. Don