As Christians, we believe in the Trinity.
This means that we believe God is one, but he is three distinct persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. In John 14, Jesus told the disciples that he was leaving, but that they would be given a Helper, the Holy Spirit. Yet, we seem to most easily neglect this essential person of the Trinity.
I wonder why that is. Perhaps it’s because the Holy Spirit seems to be the most elusive, the most mysterious.
Here Charles Spurgeon describes the gift and necessity of the Holy Spirit:
…the gift of the Holy Spirit to us – is so spiritual and we are so carnal, is so mysterious and we are so material, that we are very apt to forget its value, ay, and even to forget the gift altogether. And yet, my brethren, let us ever remember that Christ on the cross is of no value to us apart from the Holy Spirit in us. In vain that blood is flowing, unless the finger of the Spirit applies the blood to our conscience; in vain is that garment of righteousness wrought out, a garment without seam, woven from the top throughout, unless the Holy Spirit wraps it around us, and arrays us in its costly folds. The river of the water of life cannot quench our thirst till the Spirit presents the goblet and lifts it to our lip.
Perhaps the Holy Spirit is mysterious, but without him, how can we ever receive God’s mercy, grace, and love? We can’t. We need the Holy Spirit, and that is precisely why Jesus said he would be giving us this Helper, this Comforter.
“But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.”John 14:26
Don’t be afraid of the Holy Spirit. Lean into his leadings and let him pour out through you. It is through the nudgings and whispers of the Holy Spirit that God teaches us, guides us and brings us into the fullness of the life he has for us.