Those that follow the teachings of Christ believe in a spiritual advocate, a helper, a guide—a form of God within us, often called the Holy Spirit.
The Spirit gives us courage, optimism, and hope, while also challenging, nudging, and correcting us. The Spirit develops our rooted faith, more than our conscience can on its own, illuminating for us truths that are eternal. The Spirit also spurs our fruitful faith, enabling us to do the work of God in our every day actions.
Now, as much as we may acknowledge a God that is best understandable to us in three ways (Father, Son, Spirit), and believe that no portion of God should be given greater weight than the other, we often neglect honoring the Holy Spirit. True, we may do this with God in general, but it is a worthy reflection to ask ourselves specifically how we sometimes sideline the Holy Spirit and how we should give the Spirit appropriate glorification.
We honor the Spirit when we remember Christ and walk in His ways/pattern and we cannot hear the Spirit when we fail to do so. Our actions are directly attached to the degree to which we honor the Spirit and can hear the Spirit’s guidance.
Jesus put it this way: “If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.” (John 14:15-17)
Without following the Greatest Commandment (love God, love others), we cannot be nudged, challenged, or corrected by the Spirit. And, in turn, we miss out on daily messages of courage, optimism, and hope that the Spirit wants us to hear as well.
The good news is that the Spirit is still never far off. (Thus Jesus saying, “to be with you forever”.) When we turn towards grace, we find ourselves living again in the Spirit.
So then, the challenge for us today, and every day, is to continue to turn towards grace and walk in the way of Christ our Savior, so the Spirit can actively work in our hearts, minds, and actions. And we must also thank God for the Spirit, today and every day.