by Macy Johnson
“But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit,
whom the Father will send in my name,
will teach you all things
and will remind you of everything I have said to you.”
(John 14:26 NIV)
The Holy Spirit is a person, an awesome gift of God Himself to me. A recent study of the book by Francis Chan, Forgotten God, reminded me that I often do not treat the Holy Spirit as a person, but as an object. Jesus is God in human form, while the Holy Spirit is God in spirit form. He, like Jesus, emanates from the Father. Understanding the mystery of the Trinity includes understanding the Person of the Holy Spirit.
Francis Chan challenged me to envision the church as a football team. It huddles on the field, lines up, and calls the plays, but then returns to the bench. After I imagined that process repeated several times, a chuckle emerged. What is the team thinking? The Holy Spirit, the church’s Captain, not only calls the plays in our lives, but enables us to make the plays. He gives us the victories! What is the church waiting for?
The world sits in the bleachers. They watch and cheer for God’s children to score. We must be brave and courageous in the battle and in the game. We must demonstrate our passion and joy as we are filled with and empowered by the Spirit.
I need to be aware of what the Holy Spirit is doing around me. Who is He bringing to me today? I can step up and touch others with the kindness He pours through me. I can be the hands and feet and smile of Jesus to everyone. No procrastination allowed in my life!
I will get off the bench and love victoriously through the Holy Spirit today. I hope you will, too!