I, John, your brother and companion in the suffering and kingdom and patient endurance that are ours in Jesus, was on the island of Patmos because of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus. On the Lord’s Day I was in the Spirit, and I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet,
“I was in the Spirit.” When was the last time you heard someone make that statement? I have been a sold out Christian since 1975 and I don’t know that I have ever heard someone say that they where “in” the Spirit. Hmmm… I have felt the weightiness of the Spirit. I have felt and known the Spirit’s presence. I have been given understanding through the Spirit. I have a relationship with the Spirit (Holy Spirit). But now while I write I remember many times of being “in” the Spirit. The best why I can describe it is like being somewhere completely free, where total peace and understanding reigns. There are no boundaries, no complications, no discord or fear. Being in the Spirit; being in the Kingdom of God.
I feel like a I am just rattling on here this morning but I know there is something in this passage that is the message for today. Maybe it is simply God laying it upon my heart that “in” the Spirit is where the Lord desires for His children to live and move and be. We need to pay attention to that good ole preposition, in. Don’t just talk about the Spirit or feel His nearness or cling to His gifts but be IN Him. Chew on that one today as I will. Be not of this world but be in the Spirit.