Thy kingdom come, thy will be done
by Christopher Finneman | Seminarian Life
“For we are
God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, God’s building.” – 1
As my first semester concluded here at Sacred Heart Major Seminary, my feelings were “Man! That was great! I can’t wait to see what God does the second semester.” Little did I know that God had things in store for me that far surpassed my imagination.
This semester the Lord has provided countless opportunities for me to witness the raw and unfiltered power of the Holy Spirit. During Christmas break I found myself at a conference with 20,000 other Christians and was asked whether I wanted to be like Jesus. I hesitated to say yes because I knew that if I wanted to answer the question honestly I had to say no.
The reality is that I had fallen into a season where I didn’t necessarily have the goal of living a life like Jesus (curing the sick, healing the blind and lame, preaching the Gospel on the street, and casting out demons). I discovered that somewhere along the line I had settled for simply wanting to worship God and grow in holiness and paid no attention to the great commissioning of Jesus as I ought to. I had totally forgotten about my call as a son of God to preach the Gospel to all peoples and baptize in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit!
At this conference, I witnessed things I never thought I would see. I saw people healed and walking out of their wheelchairs. People that used to harm themselves were healed and their scars completely disappeared! I witnessed blind people regain sight and I witnessed deaf people regain their hearing! I saw the book of Acts come to life before my eyes and I will never be the same.
So during Christmas break, I was really forced to take a good hard look at my Christianity and decide whether I wanted it to look more like the lives of the apostles I read about after Pentecost. A number of other seminarians and myself came back to seminary hungry for more of the Holy Spirit and eager to live a life that is unashamed of the Gospel and fearless in the Holy Spirit.
Since the second semester began, the group of us that had been changed over break have prayed with strangers, preached the Gospel to countless people, especially waitresses and waiters, and the coolest part of all is we have witnessed God heal people through our prayers! I have witnessed ankles and knees and arms healed. I have seen more people leave their wheelchairs. One brother here at the seminary has been receiving healing from seizures and the pain it causes him. I have prayed with a man with stage 4 lung cancer and witnessed him breathe easily for the first time in months. We have even gone to Psychic/New Age/Pagan expos and preached the Gospel and watched people get healed and surrender to the Gospel, and were even kicked out of them!
The Father has brought me places and worked wonders through me that I could have never imagined. I say all of this to communicate one thing that I have learned and will never forget: The Holy Spirit is still moving. The things we read in the New Testament are still happening.
If I could sum up my seminary experience in one phrase it would be this. “Thy Kingdom Come, Thy Will Be Done” because before I stepped into this life with the Holy Spirit, I simply thought that being a Christian meant that I strive for Heaven.
The Father wants His children to invade Earth with Heaven! To bring His kingdom in whatever way we can. For me, bringing the Kingdom comes more naturally through music. I have the gift to make music for my King. Everybody has a gift by which they can release Heaven into this world. I encourage everyone in my beloved diocese to step into the gifts and charisms they have so we can release the Kingdom of God all throughout North Dakota!
We are not to simply wait to enter Heaven one day, but be co-laborers with Christ to bring His Kingdom to our communities and cities in the unique way we are gifted.
Finneman is a College II student studying at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit, Mich.
Editor’s Note: Seminarian Life is a monthly column written by current Diocese of Fargo seminarians. It gives New Earth readers a glimpse of what these discerning young men are experiencing. Please continue to pray for them.