The excellent host
Many people have been in the church for some time and yet have not yet been baptized in the Holy Spirit because they are not excellent hosts. Hosts are people who receive people into their own homes for an event or party.
Abraham was an excellent host when he received the Lord and two angels at his home. He treated them with reverence, respect and joy, and hurried to serve them in the best way possible, as you can see in Genesis 18:1-8.
Zacchaeus was a thief, hated by society, a tax collector that stole from the poor, but Jesus had this message for him:
…Zacchaeus, hurry and come down, for today I must remain at your house.” So he hurried and came down, and received Him joyfully. Luke 19:5,6
I am sure Zacchaeus prepared a special meal, and ordered his servants to clean the house and the room where Jesus would sleep. He received Him in the most excellent way, and after hearing the word, made a sacrifice:
“Look, Lord, I give half of my possessions to the poor. And if I have taken anything from anyone by false accusation, I will repay him four times as much.” Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because he also is a son of Abraham.” Luke 19:8,9
This passage reminds me of the prison inmates that are baptized in the Holy Spirit inside the dungeons of our country, whose lives are completely different than those who have the right to freely come and go. Paying the penalty for their crimes, they welcome Jesus into their homes (their lives) with excellence, they sincerely repent of their sins and have their hearts washed in the blood of Jesus (the new birth) and then receive the Holy Spirit.
If you have not yet been baptized with the Holy Spirit, first prepare your house (your inner self), clean your room (your heart), remove the dirt of lies, cynicism, sexual immorality, and the rest. Then invite the Most High to come in, and He will come in and stay for the rest of your life.
Listen! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in and dine with him, and he with Me. Revelation 3:20
May God bless you more and more.
Bishop Edir Macedo