From the telephone to cable television to the Internet, optic fibers revolutionized how we communicate and disseminate information. They changed how we live and conduct business. Light passes through these strands of optically pure glass and plastic, ones as thin as a single human hair. As a result, large quantities of information are transmitted over long distances almost instantaneously.
Though one of the top modern inventions, optic fibers do not compare to the pinnacle of God’s “inventions”: the dissemination of His life and glory through the flawed containers of His children. God placed His Spirit in us to broadcast to the world who He is. This is our calling as Christ-followers. Christ in us should transmit the glory of God through us.
As confidently as we expect information to flow to our phones, televisions and computers, we should expect the power of the Holy Spirit to flow through our lives:
“Whoever believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him. By this He meant the Spirit” (John 7:38-39a).
Before Pentecost and the coming of the Holy Spirit, the disciples struggled to believe Jesus. All but John abandoned Him as He was arrested and hung on the cross. After receiving the Holy Spirit, however, the once weak-willed and fearful men boldly proclaimed Jesus as the Messiah before thousands of people. They performed wonders and miraculous signs. They spent the rest of their lives proclaiming the gospel throughout the world.
Do you expect such a radical transformation in your life? You should! Scripture proclaims that God:
“…is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us” (Ephesians 3:20).
We expect the flow of information through optic fibers, though few people understand the science behind it. How much more should we believe that God, through our submission to His indwelling Spirit, will display a clear and vivid picture of His beauty and power through us to the world?
“All things are possible to him who believes.”