One of my dear friends celebrates her birthday today. Being one year and one week younger gives her plenty of room to poke fun. Our birthday “season” got me thinking about how blessed I am to have friends who love me and add color to my life.
Good friends encourage us to be better and motivate us to get things done. They offer wise counsel when we’re frustrated and calm in a storm. Good friends make us laugh and just enjoy hanging out with us. They celebrate the smallest victories, but never hold back when we need straightening out. Good friends are gifts from God whose love and influence never leave us no matter how far away they live.
I guess that’s why it’s safe to say the Holy Spirit is the Christian’s very best friend. He possesses these same qualities. Just as we have to nurture good friendships, we must listen to what He has to say, follow His lead and enjoy spending time with Him. He encourages, motivates, counsels, convicts, celebrates, loves and influences us. Best of all, He never leaves us.
But, there’s one thing the Spirit bestows that no human friend could ever offer.
When we become Christians, the Holy Spirit infuses our bodies with power that enables us to do everything God planned for us to do. Every path He sends us down further equips us to handle our next mission. He gives us gifts to help us accomplish our purpose. When we operate under the influence of His power we are able to do far more than we believed possible. We confidently go to places we’ve never been. We stretch more than we ever thought we could. Then by humbly acknowledging His power within us, God is glorified.
I struggle with explaining what the Spirit does in my life, but I realize that difficulty is not unique to me. I like The Message’s version of what Paul says about this in Romans 8:
“Anyone, of course, who has not welcomed this invisible but clearly present God, the Spirit of Christ, won’t know what we’re talking about. But for you who welcome him, in whom he dwells—even though you still experience all the limitations of sin—you yourself experience life on God’s terms. It stands to reason, doesn’t it, that if the alive-and-present God who raised Jesus from the dead moves into your life, he’ll do the same thing in you that he did in Jesus, bringing you alive to himself? When God lives and breathes in you (and he does, as surely as he did in Jesus), you are delivered from that dead life. With his Spirit living in you, your body will be as alive as Christ’s! So don’t you see that we don’t owe this old do-it-yourself life one red cent. There’s nothing in it for us, nothing at all. The best thing to do is give it a decent burial and get on with your new life. God’s Spirit beckons. There are things to do and places to go!”
Embrace this Friend today.
Don’t be afraid to feel.
Introduce your Friend to the world around you.
Congratulations to Donna Hasty for winning a copy of Temple Sweepers: Motivation for a Healthy Body and Soul! Donna, please email your address to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and your book will be on it’s way. Happy day!