The Spirit Within

Romans 8:9-11

But you are not in the flesh; you are in the Spirit,[h] since the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him. 10 But if Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit[i] is life because of righteousness.11 If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ[j]from the dead will give life to your mortal bodies also through[k] his Spirit that dwells in you.

It’s tempting to see the miracles of Christ as something that are completely beyond our own lives in our contemporary world. We often think of resurrection as something that happened long ago in the life of a single person. But our tradition teaches us that each one of us has access to the same source of spiritual power and joy that God has provided for his people throughout the ages.

The problem is not that the Holy Spirit is only found within some of us. The problem is that we have a difficult time recognizing God’s presence and God’s constant reaching out to us. The point of prayer and reading scripture and personal devotion is to quiet ourselves so that we can be molded into the kinds of people that recognize God’s presence. When it’s difficult, we just need to keep at it. The spirit is always within us. We just need to get better at recognizing it.