As we seek after Christ, his desire is to baptize us, and continually fill us, with the Holy Spirit and his word. The first step in our fellowship with God is to turn from sin and turn to Christ. But then, we have to keep going on with Christ and we have to feed on him.
Christ said “I am the bread of life.” And he called the Holy Spirit the living water. Both of these descriptions are of substance that we continually consume in order to stay alive. It’s the same way if we want to stay alive to God and his purposes for us – we must consume Christ, who is the Word of God and the Holy Spirit.
“How do we consume the Holy Spirit? How do we consume the Word?” you might ask. Christ gives us the answer to both of these questions in the Gospels.
First, when Christ was tempted by the devil in the desert to break his fast and turn a stone into bread, Christ countered the devil and said that man does not live by bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God. In this statement, Christ was saying that his word is food for us. Also, Christ describes himself as the bread of life. When we connect these thoughts together, it means that we must, most importantly, read the Bible, which is in essence a way of consuming the word and consuming Christ. And also, we must listen for his word, given by the Holy Spirit, in our fellowship with other believers, in our fellowship alone with God, and in our every day lives.
Next, to consume the Holy Spirit, all we have to do is ask God for the Holy Spirit and then receive him. Christ said we can ask God the Father for the Holy Spirit and he will joyfully give it to us. In Luke 12:32, Christ said, it is the Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Also, in Luke 11:13 Christ said, “how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!” There are many other places in the Bible where this is confirmed. Consuming the Holy Spirit is a simple matter of asking God for the Holy Spirit and then keeping our spiritual senses open in order to receive him.
Christ wants us to have the Word and the Holy Spirit on a daily, moment-by-moment basis so that we can thrive. All we have to do is ask. All we have to do is sit down and read, or, these days, plug in our headphones and listen.