How many names can you think of for the Holy Spirit?
Go ahead. Try.
Here are some I came up with: Comforter, Completer, Helper, Ezer, Warrior, Healer, Creator, Defender, Destroyer, Teacher, Guide, Counselor, Interceder
Can I get a “Wow”? Jesus told the disciples that He had “much more” to tell them than they could now bear. “But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all truth. “ John 16:13
So why then does it feel like we sometimes shrug off of the Holy Spirit? The Spirit is the presence of God in the world yesterday, today, and forever. He is the heart of God hovering, moving, healing all creation. The Spirit is the Third Person of our Triune God.
I hear a lot of talk about returning to the zest and zeal of the early church. But you know what they had? The Holy Spirit. They were hiding in their rooms, praying and trying to figure out what to do next, when the Holy Spirit came upon them. This one fact is as startling as the Resurrection. Because of the death and resurrection of Christ, the Holy Spirit moved from just working in the world, (pillar of fire, talking donkey, rescuing out of the lion’s mouth, thwarting armies) to living in us (leading us out of harm’s way, healing, revealing truth, providing resources, and more).
To have the power of the Risen Christ living within us to guide us into all Truth is a miracle in itself. Do we really tap into the Well of God within? He is available and willing; God’s love in action in us. This is not heady, stuffy religion. This is real life involvement with a Real Life God. Do you look for, depend on, seek and find the Holy Spirit?
I have marked my calendar, May 23. It is the date of Pentecost 2010. I know I already have all of God, but what I want to do during this season is pray what Jesus prayed for us, that our eyes might be opened so our joy will be complete.
I want to live in the Third Person.