Day 27 – God of Renewal

When you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and when you believed in Him, you were also sealed with the promised Holy Spirit. He is the down payment of our inheritance, for the redemption of the possession, to the praise of His glory.

—Ephesians 1:13–14

Our faith comes down to this simple fact: through Jesus, we are saved by grace. Because Jesus is ultimately concerned with the healing and redemption of His creation, He wasn’t willing to leave us alone. He promised to never leave or forsake us. A replacement had to be sent. Jesus had a limited time on earth, but He wasn’t content to leave us. Jesus was the promised Immanuel, or “God with us,” until His work was done. When He went home, He sent us the ultimate prize, “God in us.”

Still, this third person isn’t a Jesus cardboard cutout—he is a different person, although a very close kin. The Holy Spirit is the power of God, the force of His love’that is greater than having Jesus walk beside us. Because of who the Holy Spirit is and where He lives—in our spirits—we get the same power, wisdom, and ability to sacrificially love all the time, not just when Jesus is physically around. We get a better deal with the Holy Spirit. He is the evidence of renewal, trading all that we are for all that God has to offer. It’s a priceless deal! We could never have made this deal, so Jesus made it for us.

We have nothing to give back—nothing to offer as a down payment. So, He signs, closes, and seals the deal. He gives it all. We are never on the losing side again. While we were born to perish, He gives us abundant life, now and forever. It’s for a specific purpose, for the renewal of all of creation. He is all about renewal, which we see each spring. His design is a visible reality in nature.

He wants to use us to be the vessels of renewal too. We have destinies to fulfill, as ministers of reconciliation. The Father’s plan is now complete by the work of the Son through the presence of the Holy Spirit in us. Yet, He didn’t stop there—He gives us more and more and more.

We can make a different choice, though. We don’t have to accept the more He wants to give. We can settle for less. We can talk ourselves out of what the Lord seeks to give. Maybe you have reached that point, or God seems to be done giving. Maybe you feel saved of your sins but that’s it. There is more waiting. Jesus revealed there was always more in the mind of the Father, and He often said so. Settling was never in Jesus’ nature.

It comes back to us and our choices. Here is the question we must answer: If God pulled out all the stops to save us, why would we think He would ever stop bringing us further into this new life of grace?

God is not content to save a little—He must save to the utmost. He desires not only to save the soul, but the heart, mind, and body. Complete wholeness is what He longs to give us. It is the kind of life He lived, fully integrated in the heart of the Father. We get the best God has to offer because we get Him living with and in us.

Prayer

Come, Holy Spirit, and renew me—mind, body, and soul. I ask that the truth of the promise of Your coming wash over me and give me the wholeness You desire for me. Fill me with a holy desire to praise You and bring You glory. Show me the reality of this inheritance in my life and make me a vessel to reveal the renewal happening in others. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Thought

Take a moment and ask the Holy Spirit what situation or relationship He wants to renew for you.

Band Discussion

  • How does the promised inheritance of the Holy Spirit lead us to renewal?
  • What stories of redemption have made the most impact on you?
  • Can knowing you are sealed for redemption change how you approach a relationship or difficult circumstances?