When Jesus tells his disciples he will leave them soon, He tells them he will ask the Father to send a Counselor to help them. (John 14:16) The Couselor, the Holy Spirit,whom the Father sends in His name, is to teach the disciples all things and remind them of what Jesus said to them. (John 14:26) Jesus told the disciples he had to depart from them in order for the Holy Spirit to come to them.(John 16:7)
We 21st Century Christians see the Holy Spirit working in lives today. We witness this work in healings, in reconciliations, in the advancement of the Kingdom. In order for people to see and understand the workings of the Holy Spirit they have to be open to Jesus.
Being open to Jesus and to the Holy Spirit, simply put, means we have to have a vital relationship with Him. This can only be achieved through the practice of prayer, meditation and Bible study. We should also invite Jesus’ Holy Spirit into our corporate worshipour church services. At the bottom of our church’s bulletin every week is the following sentence. “ The service is subject to change by the leading of the Holy Spirit.”
And a lot of times the service does change.
Sometimes our lives change because of the Holy Spirit’s leading. One day, just over six years ago, I had turned my day over to the Lord. My husband had been talking about getting an additional car. I wasn’t sure about this. But the day I turned my activities over to God, we bought a carand it took most of the day.
This past Saturday I took part in auditions for a Christmas play. I am not in the play, I will be helping direct that play. Those of us who are helping direct it were quite pleased with the turn out and especially the attitudes of the one trying out. But it was a long day. I was not very active yesterday after church and Sunday school. But this morning all the tiredness of Saturday must have caught up with me. But then He knew I would need the rest.
My week’s activities have been altered. My hubby and I are planning to take a trip to the southern part of the state, where he grew up. He is facing possible surgery to remove some pins and a plate from his ankle he broke in January. As I was making out my week’s schedule and my writing schedule yesterday, I had no idea he was thinking about doing this. And Friday is his birthday, so I am altering my week’s plans.