We talk about a relationship with the Father–and then use logic to persuade people to serve Jesus (in their own power).
1 Better is a dry morsel with quiet [with relationship] than a house full of feasting with strife [no relationship].
Our relationship with the Father through the Son by the Holy Spirit is all-important. Enjoying the Fellowship of the Trinity is our highest goal. Let’s rephrase a famous passage from 1 Corinthians 13,
If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have the love of the Father in me, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have the blood of Jesus running through my veins, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have the breath of the Holy Spirit in me, I gain nothing.
The apostle Paul also talks about our connection with the Spirit in 1 Corinthians 2,
10 these are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit.
The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God.
13 This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, explaining spiritual realities with Spirit-taught words.
14 The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit. 15 The person with the Spirit makes judgments about all things, but such a person is not subject to merely human judgments, 16 for,
“Who has known the mind of the Lord
so as to instruct him?”
But we have the mind of Christ.
- Revealed to us by the Spirit;
- The Spirit searches all things;
- Taught by the Spirit;
- Discerned only through the Spirit;
- the Spirit makes judgments (moral calls according to the Spirit’s discernment);
- We have the mind of Christ (which is the Spirit).
Let’s impress upon people to listen to the Spirit on all occasions, to read the Word listening for His voice, and to practice obeying His promptings as we relate to others. Let’s all ask, “Jesus, what do You think about _______?” In doing so, we will fulfill the Great Commission AND enjoy the Fellowship of the Trinity all at the same time!
Abba, may I be first on this bandwagon. I want to learn how to respond quickly and completely to Your promptings. Knowing what You will and won’t say/do is a great start; reading them in Your Word is a great way to hear You more clearly. Open my eyes and ears, my heart and my head, O Lord, to what You are saying to Your children. Amen.