When I was young there was a cartoon I used to watch. It was about a young ghost named Casper. There was a theme song for the show and part of the song went like this, “Casper the friendly ghost. The friendly ghost I know . . .” Most of us when we think of the word “ghost” we think of Halloween, wearing a white sheet with the eyes cut out, Patrick Swayze in the movie called Ghost or a horror film.
But in the Christian life there is a ghost we interact with that is not just friendly. He is so much more than that. He is with us . . . He is inside us (closer than Jesus could ever be in the flesh) . . . He is a revealer of truth . . . He is our advocate . . . He leads us into truth and to God . . . He ushers in the power of God to us . . . etc. It is the HOLY GHOST or otherwise known as the HOLY SPIRIT.
In recent days I have come across a song by Passion/David Crowder called Ghost. It says, “His ghost is inside me. Holy fire burning wildly. Burning through the things that need to be erased to liberate my soul.” And then it says, “Get ready, there’s an empty tomb. Get ready, there’s a ghost in the room. Get ready, even mountains move. Get ready, all the stories are true. Get ready, there’s an empty tomb. Get ready, there’s a ghost in the room. Get ready, even mountains move. Get ready, all the stories are true.”
Are you ready? If you are a Christian, guess what? There is a ghost in the room and He will do amazing things because He is God living inside you.
Not too long ago, I was reading The Hole In Our Gospel by Richard Stearns. After reading that book I was both convicted and compelled . . . Convicted in my lack of doing and compelled to do! I have put several quotes from the book below, hoping you will read them like I did and go, “Wow! Ouch! Forgive me God! I need to get busy!”
- “What has God given you? Moses had a stick, David had a slingshot, and Paul had a pen. Mother Teresa possessed a love for the poor; Billy Graham, a gift for preaching; and Joni Eareckson Tada, a disability. What did they have in common? A willingness to let God use whatever they had, even when it didn’t seem very useful. If you will assess what you have to offer in terms of your time, your treasure, and your talents, you will have a better understanding of how you might uniquely serve.”
- “For I was hungry, while you had all you needed. I was thirsty, but you drank bottled water. I was a stranger, and you wanted me deported. I needed clothes, but you needed more clothes. I was sick, and you pointed out the behaviors that led to my sickness. I was in prison, and you said I was getting what I deserved. (RESV – Richard E. Stearns Version)”
- “God never asks us to give what we do not have . . . But he cannot use what we will not give.”
- “It’s not what you believe that counts; it’s what you believe enough to do.”
- “Christ has no body on earth but yours, no hands but yours, no feet but yours. Yours are the eyes through which Christ’s compassion for the world is to look out; yours are the feet with which He is to go about doing good; and yours are the hands with which He is to bless us now. —SAINT TERESA OF AVILA”
“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” (Galatians 6:9)