A Spirit of Truth
“You received a Spirit that shows you are adopted as his children. With this Spirit, we cry, ‘Abba, Father’.” Romans 8:15
As we celebrate Pentecost, the birthday of the Christian church, we recognize the gift of God’s Spirit in our midst. The gift of the Holy Spirit is a Spirit of Truth, revealing to us God’s ways and God’s plans. In Paul’s letter to the Romans, he shares how the Spirit reveals to us our status as children of God. When we are open to the movement of the Holy Spirit, we are constantly reminded that we belong to God. God loves us so much that God’s Spirit is shared with us! As we experience in baptism, we are claimed by God through water and the Spirit. So, when we fall into self-deprecating attitudes or doubt our worth, the Spirit comes to remind us who we are and whose we are!
Our belonging and identity as children of God also means we are a part of a legacy. Paul says we are “God’s heirs and fellow heirs of Christ.” Just as children carry on a family legacy, we carry on the calling and mission of God. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, we are equipped to carry out God’s work in our communities. As Jesus says in John 14:12, “I assure you that whoever believes in me will do the works that I do.” God has given us a call: to be the hands and feet of Jesus. And God has equipped us with the Spirit of Truth to carry out this work. So, Pentecost calls us to revival. Pentecost calls us to commit to Jesus’ ways and to be open to the movement of God’s Spirit among us. Are we listening for the Spirit of Truth to speak into our lives? God is with us. God’s Spirit dwells with us. Let us not waste this precious gift.