What is inspiration? Merriam-Webster defines it as “a divine influence or action on a person believed to qualify him or her to receive and communicate sacred revelation.” The highest form of inSpiration can only come from the Spirit of God, the Holy Spirit. What qualifies a person to receive that inSpiration? Is it the “goodness” of the person? Jesus said “No one is good except God alone” (Mark 10:18, Luke 18:19). But if I do “good”, you might ask, am I not “good”? Again, the Bible says “no one is righteous… there is no one that does good, not one” (Romans 3:10). If in the eyes of God no one does good, therefore “good works” don’t make a person righteous or good (regardless of your belief system), then what qualifies a person to receive inSpiration? God can give his inSpiration to anyone He choses, but apart from that, there’s one and only one thing that qualifies a person, the blood of Jesus.

Jesus said He came “…to give his life as ransom for many” (Matthew 20:28, Mark 10:45). Note that He said “many”, not “all”. But, you might ask, doesn’t He want us all saved? His desire is indeed that no one should perish (2 Peter 3:9), but it is our choice to be one of them or not. Jesus said, “…he who believes in me has eternal life” (John 6:47). Is that all that takes to qualify for his inSpiration? Yes, and you will receive much more!

But I don’t believe in Jesus, you might say, and at this point you might quote scientists, historians, philosophers, famous religious figures, your own reasoning, etc. You won’t be the first, or the last, and I might even offer my empathy by saying, “I went through that”. I could quote many scriptures to try to convince you, but I won’t. But I’ll say that you might start by humbling your heart, as God looks at the heart (1 Samuel 16:7), and ask Him to reveal himself. He did for me.

But what about the Trinity? Doesn’t that make Christianity a polytheist religion? Jesus said God is Spirit (John 4:24). He said “the Father is in me” (John 10:38, 14:10-11), “I am in the Father” (John 10:38), “we [He and the Father] are one (John 17:11,22). How can that be? You might ask. Think of time. We have past, present, and future; the three are one! But those are just labels to distinguish three facets, you might say. Precisely!

What about other religions, you might ask, don’t all lead to God? All religions indeed lead to God, to his judgement seat and from there to eternal damnation, but only one leads to the mercy seat and from there to eternal life. Or as I like to say, “all roads lead to Rome but only one leads to Jerusalem” (the New Jerusalem that is).

So here is the fruit of my inSpiration, of living under the Spirit of God. These stories and poems/songs are based on what God is doing around the world this day, with ordinary people like you and me.

May the Spirit of God stir your heart as you read these pages.