You must have already heard this expression in the church, mostly at the UCKG, but do you know what it really means?
Many people deceive themselves into thinking that passing spirit is speaking about spiritual things. But one thing has nothing to do with the other. Anyone can speak about spiritual things – even those who are not spiritual. Passing spirit is so much more than speaking about the Bible.
I had an experience in Japan that will help illustrate this better. There, we had an opportunity to visit an orphanage, a way the pastor’s wives have found of evangelizing for almost 7 years. When we arrived there, we sat with the orphanage coordinators to let them know we wanted to do more for those children, but we were surprised with a strange questions, after all we had been doing that for many years… “What are your intentions by coming here every month?”
To be honest, I was shocked. How could they doubt our intentions after everything we’ve done there? That’s when I began speaking about our faith in helping those children, because as much as the government tried to give them education and leisure, they still had an enormous emptiness inside of them.
As I was speaking, another pastor’s wife was translating in Japanese, the thing is, she didn’t speak in the same tone of voice as me, she didn’t emphasize the words I emphasized, she wouldn’t even use the same terms as me. I was firm and confident in our intentions, and she was sweet and would summarize things. We ended up leaving in the same way we came in. We were unable to achieve anything again.
I was trying to evangelize that woman, but my translator was softening my words, that is to say, I was speaking strong but the translation would weaken everything I would say. It was frustrating for me. I think God feels the same way when He sees people speak His Words in a weak and calm manner.
Passing spirit means speaking about something that you believe in with so much conviction, as though what you’re giving comes from inside of you, as if you were taking a piece of yourself and giving it to those people.
And this is where the difference lies between meetings and meetings, evangelizing and evangelizing, blog and blog, podcast and podcast, program and program, counseling and counseling, book and book.
When you speak in the flesh, the subject may even be understandable, but that’s all that is achieved: theory, information. All you can say is, “Very interesting.” But when you speak in the spirit, you drink from the spirit of that person. You say, “I was blessed today.”
It’s not enough to be spiritual, you have to pass spirit, and for this to happen, live first what you want to pass. This way, you’ll have what to give.