One of the promises made most often by the Lord to His disciples was "I will not leave you alone". At various times He promised that "Where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there in your midst"; "I will not leave you orphans"; "I am with you, even to the end of the world". Today we hear of the importance of the presence of the Lord through his Holy Spirit, as Paul called down the Spirit upon the people of Ephesus. This passage from Acts 19: 1-8 is a reminder to us of how the Lord continues to be present to us through His Spirit. Unfortunately,m we often do not act as though the Lord is present.
One of the things I try to do each day is to remind myself that everything I say or do is observed by the Lord. Whether my actions are correct or not, whether my words are uplifting or hurtful, the Lord see and hears, because His Spirit is present. And I have multiple opportunities each day to let others see and hear what the Lord would want to say and do. Through me, Jesus is able to interact with people. My words can become His words. My work can become His work. But if i do not keep reminding myself of His presence, I can fall back into old patterns of behavior that testify to the presence of another.
Imagine a world where everyone was aware of God's presence at every moment. Imagine how differently we would treat one another. Imagine how differently our lives would be. This can only happen if each and every one of us remembers that we are not alone. Jesus is with us, and will remain with us. But it has to start with you and me. How about today?