Imagine how amazing it must have been for the Israelites in the wilderness to know that the very presence of God lived just on the other side of the curtains of the Tabernacle. God, in all His power and glory, was… right there! But in time, they began to take God’s presence for granted, and their hearts turned away to idols. As a result, they lost His presence! Did you know that God still longs to dwell with us today, but He will not do so if we have any other “gods” before Him. Are we actively cultivating our hearts to be a pure, holy, welcoming place for God’s presence to dwell?
Imagine if someone gave you a very costly gift, but you put it aside and never opened it. You would never do that, and yet there are people who have been saved for years, but they have never opened their spiritual gifts. The Bible warns us not to neglect our spiritual gifts because it is impossible to follow Christ without the indwelling power of the Holy Spirit. Have you ever learned what your spiritual gifts are?