Ongoing aftershocks

The epicenter is the point on the Earth’s surface that is directly above the point where an earthquake originates. An aftershock is a smaller earthquake that occurs after a previous large earthquake, in the same area of the main shock. Aftershocks are smaller earthquakes formed as the crust around the displaced fault plane adjusts to the effects of the main shock. (Thanks Wikipedia)

Over the last few days, as I have prayed for those in Japan, the thought struck me that for those of us who live in Christ Jesus the Holy Spirit is our Epicenter! What that means is that we are…

…ongoing aftershocks!

While physical aftershocks are unpredictable and dangerous, aftershocks of the Holy Spirit are even more unpredictable but life-giving. They occur both in us and through us as the Holy Spirit transforms us and uses us to touch the lives of others.

So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image. ~ 2 Corinthians 3:18 (NLT)

It’s easy to feel overwhelmed and helpless in the face of a physical disaster like what has happened in Japan. I can’t begin to imagine what they are going through.

Yet you and I are God’s instruments of reflecting His glory and grace and love to those we encounter every day. As God’s people, our potential for good is a greater power than the devastating effects of even the worst natural disaster!

But…

Just as the effects of an aftershock are proportional to its proximity to the earthquake; the influence of the Holy Spirit in us and through us is directly dependent on our relationship with God.

Are we pursuing a closer walk with God and learning to walk in the Spirit (Romans 8)?

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