We can fill our lives with many things, but God’s Word tells us that we can be filled with the promise of His Holy Spirit and knowledge that He is coming again.
From Parade magazine comes the story of self-made millionaire, Eugene Land, who greatly changed the lives of 59 sixth-graders in East Harlem. Statistically and historically, the majority of the kids (almost all minority children) would not finish high school. The “Stay in School" message was simple, but then Mr. Lang did something quite amazing. He said, “If you choose to stay in school and graduate, I will see to it that every one of your college tuitions are payed for!” He gave them a promise, which inspired them in the moment and something that would engage their hope for the future. At that moment, everything changed for those students because their hearts were FILLED with a precious promise and suddenly empowered, instead of being categorically impaired! Nearly 90% of the class went on to graduate from high school. Here is our beautiful promise from Ephesians 1:13-14, “In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation--having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is given as a pledge of our inheritance, with a view to the redemption of God's own possession, to the praise of His glory.”