Pastor's Pen: Are you possessed?
This past Friday our church, like several others do throughout the year, held its annual Big Buck Night. It’s a night of feasting, admiring the antlers of the hunted and telling stories of how that prey was taken down or, in some cases, got away. You can feel the enthusiasm in the room as each one, young and old alike, tell their tales of triumph.
We become enthusiastic about many things. I was enthusiastic to tell my fish tale and show off my mount. In a few weeks, as the Daytona 500 revs up those engines, you’ll hear my enthusiasm about NASCAR. I know several Bronco fans who are enthusiastic about the upcoming Super Bowl. There are many hobbies, careers and passions that bring on a spirit of enthusiasm.
The word enthusiasm actually comes from the Greek meaning ‘in god’. It means someone is “divinely inspired or possessed by a god.”*. You could say those that were at the Hunter’s Supper were possessed by the god of hunting or myself by the god of fishing. Some are possessed by the god of football or NASCAR. Those with great enthusiasm are called fanatics or fans for short. It appears something inside causes them to do things uncontrollably; like paint their chests, buy all their teams colors, get more new guns or sit in the freezing cold on a bucket hoping for a giant fish to latch onto their hook. Maybe they’re the ones who are hooked.
The Bible doesn’t teach us about the god of hunting or fishing or NASCAR, but it does teach us about the one true God of all creation. This is the great God described throughout the Scriptures. Now, just think, what would happen if you and I were just as enthusiastic about this God? What if you were possessed by Him? What types of actions would cause someone to see you as a “fan” of God?
In reality, if you have decided to become a follower of Christ and given your life to Him, then you truly are possessed by God. Read this from 1 Corinthians 6:19-20:
“Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought with a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.”
A true Christian is possessed by God. His Holy Spirit resides within you, meaning He is constantly with you driving you to glorify Him. If that’s true — if He is inside you — what should your life look like?
* Etymology from etymonline.com