I wrote recently about the tendency to take many blessings, including toilet paper, for granted.
But I’ve actually thought at times throughout my life how thankful I am to have been born into an era and place filled with modern conveniences, such as indoor plumbing. Although thankful, perhaps I’m a little spoiled.
My husband has said through the years he probably should have been born back in the pioneer days, but I just shake my head at the thought, not wanting to even imagine life without running water.
Whew, I sure use a lot of it ... seems like I’m always washing something!
Yes, I am thankful for all the indoor plumbing. But that’s not the biggest reason I’m thankful to be born when I was.
You see, I am thankful to be born in the time AFTER Jesus Christ came and conquered sin, freely providing us eternal life through his sacrifice.
Yes, I’m thankful to be born in A.D. instead of B.C., and the main reason is because of easy, direct access to water … not just any running water, but living water!
Jesus said, “’Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.’ By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive. Up to that time the Spirit had not been given, since Jesus had not yet been glorified.” (John 7:37-39)
I just cannot imagine living back then, before that big curtain ripped down the middle … before the veil was lifted (Matthew 27:51) and the Holy Spirit came.
I must tell you the Holy Spirit tops my list of blessings for which I thank God.
First was God, then Jesus, then the Holy Spirit. This trinity, the concept of God as the three-in-one, puzzles a lot of people.
It can be hard to wrap our brains around. God, our father and creator, Jesus, his son and our savior, and the Holy Spirit, our helper and empowerer … how can these three be considered one? That’s not the kind of math we’re taught in school, is it?
But while this ultimate set of three may seem confusing, I have learned the more I get to know God, the more it makes sense.
It’s all about love. After all, God is love. His love for you and me is the simple but profound reason he sent Jesus and then the Holy Spirit.
What love was shown for us through Jesus’ death on the cross!
And then, how wonderful, when Jesus rose from death and ascended into heaven to sit at the right hand of God the father almighty, we weren’t left here alone to wait it out.
Rather than leave us in a holding pattern of waiting and wondering until the trumpet blows, God sent the Holy Spirit to guide us and sustain us.
The Spirit is our connection, giving us glorious direct access to God! Through following the Spirit’s nudges, we are even allowed to grow more Christ-like in the here and now. What a wonderful opportunity!
I just cannot imagine not having direct access to God … having to have an intermediary priest to go before God on my behalf rather than having the freedom of talking to God myself – any time.
(Don’t know about you, but I’m pretty sure I’d be wearing out my welcome with those priests lately!) We hear a lot of talk about rights, privileges and freedoms … but this is even more.
The Holy Spirit is a gift, just as Jesus was. Paul describes in Ephesians “boldness and confident access through faith in him” with which we have been blessed. Talk about a lifeline, y’all!
So, not just because of modern conveniences, but because I was born into a time with the Holy Spirit, I can’t help but believe my faith and my life must be easier than were those “back then.”
But I don’t want to take these blessings for granted or live like a spoiled brat. I realize, “To whom much has been given, much is expected.” (Luke 12:48)
It is easy to assume only wealthy people have been “given much,” but, in truth, we have all been given much, haven’t we?
We have been granted the abundant love, grace, and mercy of God, the word of God and the gifts of the Holy Spirit. It’s such a head start, really, so for what do we wait?
Yes, we have been given much, and God desires us to use what he has given to further his kingdom and proclaim his glory.
So when we wonder about the time into which we were born, I believe we can each rest assured that, just as Esther was back then, we were born for such a time as this today!
May we embrace our God-given freedom and opportunity to grab hold of our lifeline, living in union with the Spirit so thy will may be done on earth as it is in heaven.
And may we give thanks to God, praising him for this beautiful gift!
“The Spirit and the bride say, ‘Come!’ And let him who hears say, ‘Come!’ Whoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life.” (Revelation 22:17)
Gina Moore, a news-editorial journalism major, has operated Marketplace Consignment Sale for 26 years and has worked part-time at Treasures. She also enjoys country cooking, reading and writing about motherhood, life on the farm and how God’s love and lessons surround residents.