May 29, 2020
The scripture reading for today is Romans 8:14-17.
14 For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. 15 The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” 16 The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. 17 Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.
This coming weekend is Pentecost, which is the celebration of God’s gift of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit can be a difficult concept to understand. Paul writes here that the Spirit makes us “children of God” (8:14) and so intertwines our lives with Christ that we now understand God as a Father or even a “Daddy”.
In most cases the Holy Spirit usually does not try to draw attention to itself but rather works on us to strengthen our relationship with God. In our stumbling attempts at faith, the Holy Spirit is at work, overcoming our own desire to be in control. Left to our own devices, we wander far from the source of light and truth. But the Spirit has other plans. God’s Spirit continually reaches out to embrace and encourage us.
One of the most transforming movies I have ever seen is “The Shack.” It personifies God, the father, God, the Son, and God, the Holy Spirit, as three different people. I particularly liked the Holy Spirit. This character was very quiet but was always working behind the scenes.
We are told the fruits of the Spirit are things like peace and joy (Galatians 5:22-23). And it is true that to be in a relationship with Christ does bring a peace that passes all understanding. The Holy Spirit does have an agenda: it wants to bring us into a relationship with God.
Dear Lord, Please walk with me today as I try to keep my desires under control. I cherish Your Spirit walking with me and drawing me to You.
Donna DeMauro firstname.lastname@example.org
Prayer Concern – Those who don’t realize that God is continually reaching out to embrace and encourage us.