“I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever.” John 14:16.
Perhaps you’ve heard the saying, “There’s a God shaped hole in each of us.” I’m inclined to believe that this is true. So since it’s true how do we fill this God shaped hole each of us have? For the past few weeks we’ve been answering that question; let Jesus come and live in your life through the presence of the Holy Spirit.
Well, here’s a second question. Will there ever come a time when we don’t need to have the Holy Spirit filling a God shaped hole in our lives?
The reason I ask this question is because for a long time I had this idea that, because of sin, God was taking steps to make a special connection with us and that that connection wouldn’t need to be maintained after sin had been taken care of because we wouldn’t need that special connection with God anymore.
Here’s the problem. I think I was wrong. I now believe that the Bible teaches that we’re created to have God filling a God shaped place in our lives. And that’s why when the Holy Spirit comes into our lives Jesus promises that “he will abide with you FOREVER.” John 14:16.
I think this is beautiful. Sin didn’t create a hole that God needs to repair. Sin created a vacancy in our lives that only God can fill. Sin, in your life and mine, forced God out of his place in our lives. A place we’ve always had and we’ll always need him to fill. Or to say it another way; the Holy Spirit is not a crutch. I repeat, He’s not a crutch. He’s the new heart replacing the sin damaged one. He’s the new liver replacing the sin clogged one. He’s the new lungs replacing the sin polluted ones. These replacements aren’t crutches. We’re designed to need them.
And we’re designed to need God and He promises He’ll be with us forever