John 14:26 – “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.”
This journey to better understand the Holy Spirit is not a journey easily taken. Many times, the church is unsure how to explain or discuss the Holy Spirit. The goal is not to explain or master your knowledge of Him. The goal is to invite the Holy Spirit into the spaces of your heart that only He can access. The Spirit is your Guide, your Helper, your Power, and your Teacher. He is also your Friend. The Message even paraphrases John 14:26 to say, “Our Friend, the Holy Spirit.” Like a good friend, you can call on the Holy Spirit at any time for any reason. You have unlimited access to the unlimited God. If this doesn’t signify the importance of Pentecost, I don’t know what does.
Do you consider the Holy Spirit your Friend? Or is He out of reach, out of context, or out of sync with your life? If this devotional series teaches you nothing else, let it show you the importance of making regular choices to encounter the Holy Spirit. You cannot grow your friendship with another person without a regular phone call, grabbing coffee, or having a meaningful conversation. In many ways, your relationship with the Holy Spirit is no different. He is as approachable as a Friend, but you have to want to get to know Him and choose to spend time with Him.
Just like the unending love of the Father and the saving grace of the Son, the awakening presence of the Holy Spirit is a lifeline to a relationship with the triune God. Stop and ask the Holy Spirit to speak to you today. Right now, even as you read this. Pause and invite the Holy Spirit to reveal more of Himself to you in this moment. Then, as you go throughout your day, allow this moment to transform into moments to shape your day. As you practice the discipline of inviting the Holy Spirit into your circumstances each day, you will begin to unlock a deeper understanding of His role in your life. Watch and see, the journey has only just begun.