Scuba diving is exhilarating and adventurous, but it also has the potential to be very dangerous!
You see, scuba divers enter the water with huge tanks on their backs. These tanks contain compressed air - oxygen. The purpose of these tanks strapped to their backs is so that they can survive in a foreign and hostile world - the ocean.
Water is not their natural habitat; it's not the normal place for them to live, so in order for them to survive in this foreign world of water, they need to be connected to a life source from their world. In order for them to make it in world of water, they need air from their world.
Their "connectedness" is the key to their survival, because they weren't meant to live in water. So they borrow from their world, in order to live in that world.
This imagery, borrowed from Tony Evans, is a perfect metaphor for the Christian life. The true LIFE SOURCE for a Christian is the HOLY SPIRIT. God has given the Christian a Life Source because this world is foreign territory and a hostile environment.
In order to live here and make it, you need to be connected to the Life Source from Heaven. If you get disconnected from the Life Sourc , you won't make it in this world as a follower of Christ. You'll be gagging for air that this world doesn't offer because its a hostile and foreign environment!
This LIFE SOURCE is the Holy Spirit, and Christians need to be filled by Him constantly, to have life and power in this world!
Since He was ascending to Heaven, Jesus knew that His disciples didn't need new principles.. they needed a new Person to empower them, and guide them - God, the Holy Spirit!
In Acts 1:5 Jesus told His disciples:
"..John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”
The word "baptized" is the Greek word "βαπτίζω" or "baptizō" which means "to immerse, to submerge, to overflow." This is precisely would Jesus knew his disciples needed, if they were going to be successful in this hostile world and in spreading the Church.
The New Testament clearly tells us that people can have 3 different relationships with the Holy Spirit: He can be with us, in us, or upon us.
Earlier in the Gospels, Jesus had already indicated this to his disciples. In John 14:16-17 Jesus taught them:
"And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever - the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you."
Relationship #1: "With you.."
God, the Holy Spirit is with EVERY man, woman, and child on the earth. He is along side of them, constantly and faithfully speaking to them of their need for Christ, and seeking to draw them to Him, to be saved. (Read 1 Tim 2:4; 2 Pet 3:9)
Relationship #2: "In you.."
This is when the Spirit of God comes inside a person in salvation. When they accept Christ as their Lord and Saviour, the Spirit of Christ comes inside of them, to cleanse them, forgive them, bring them new life spiritually. He lives in them forever after that. (Read 2 Cor 5:17)
Relationship #3: "Upon you.."
This is an additional experience in which to Holy Spirit comes upon or over a person to give them power, strength, and ability to live like Christ, boldly witness for Christ, and live in holiness as Christ. He give us great power by coming upon us...if we invite Him to! (Read Eph 5:18; Lk 11:11-13)
Jesus taught his disciples about this in Acts 1:8 when He said:
"But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
In seeking to explain this filling of the Holy Spirit, evangelist D.L. Moody, used the illustration of a glass cup:
D.L. Moody held up a glass and asked the audience before him, "How can I get the air out of this glass?"
One man shouted, "Suck it out with a pump!"
Moody replied, "That would create a vacuum and simply shatter the glass."
After numerous other suggestions Moody smiled, picked up a pitcher of water, and filled the glass to overflowing.
"There," he said, "all the air is now removed."
He then went on to explain that victory in the Christian life is not accomplished by "sucking out" a sin here and there, but by being filled with the Holy Spirit.
How very right DL Moody was! In order to get things out, we first need to get the Holy Spirit in by being filled with his presence. how are you doing with this today?
Thinking back to the scuba diver metaphor, how full are your tanks? How much of the Holy Spirit do you have inside of you and upon you for the day's journey?
Why not take time right now, and stillness and in quiet, and ask God the Holy Spirit to once again come up on you, to refresh you, revive you, and rebuild you spiritually?
Take time right now, before your day continues, and be filled with the gentle and powerful presence of the Holy Spirit.
Fill up your spiritual tank, and you won't just survive... you will thrive!