I am about to make one of the most random analogies that I have ever made. But I think it will work.
Ever read H.G. Wells’ “War of the Worlds”? Or have you seen the recent movie of the same title, with Tom Cruise and that little girl that screams for 2 hours long? If you have, then you remember the premise of the movie: aliens invade the planet Earth and start destroying everything, until a virus attacks them and kills them. How did the aliens get to Earth? Well, unlike Independence Day, where swirling disks of death hover over the planet, these alien vessels are buried in the Earth. The aliens rode down in lightening bolts into the ships, which then broke out from the ground to do their thing.
The ships were buried in the ground for a long time, maybe even from many millenia before. They were under the peoples’ feet their entire lives, yet no one noticed them (which is a little far-fetched, but hey, its science fiction). When they emerge, they are the most powerful force on the planet. Did you know that you are like a powerful force, that when unleashed on the planet, is unstoppable?
How, might you say? Well, God has buried, deep within you, this powerful force. It is only waiting to be awakened by the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is like a lightening bolt that rides down into our hearts, and activities the machinery of our mind, body, and soul. The Holy Spirit turns on everything that needs to operate to make us powerful. The Spirit is ready to activite you. Until this happens, then you are buried and dead in the dirt. You may be moving around, but you are really inert, inactive, and incapacitated.
We could really use to be activated by the Holy Spirit, don’t you think? This generation, our generation, is one of great fear. We try to win certain contests to take that fear away, to preserve our comforts and controls. But in the end, we are still afraid. We always will be until we activate what is buried deep inside us. What is inside us? All the tools that God created to help us to have hope and live. These are the things that Jesus Christ died for, so that we might live with Him today and forever.
If this is a time when many people let their gifts lie buried inside, then it is even more a time when the Holy Spirit is awakened in the hearts of people. God wants to ride down like a lightening bolt into your life, to make you a powerful, unstoppable force. He wants to give you control of your soul, and eternal life. All you need to do is surrender, which is easier said than done.
Maybe God really does send lightening bolts down from heaven after all?