A great juggler invokes the awe of the audience. Multiple balls fly through the air in figure-eight patterns, bowling pins and blazing batons are thrown and caught and maneuvered with impossible flawlessness and skill. The crowd watches in wonder. How can he keep so many balls in the air? How come he never drops the bowling pins? Why doesn’t he feel the heat of the blazing batons?
The Holy Spirit juggles much this way, according to the scriptures. No one has more balls in the air.
Counsels (John 14:26).
Teaches us and reminds us of everything Jesus said (John 14:26).
Convicts the world of guilt (John 16:8).
Guides us into truth (John 16:13).
Speaks only what He hears and tells us what is yet to come (John 16:13).
Takes from what is Jesus’ and makes it known to us (John 16:14)
Searches all things, even the deep things of God (1 Cor. 2:10).
Helps us understand what God has freely given us (1 Cor. 2:12).
Lives in us, his temples (1 Cor. 3:16).
Fills us (Eph. 5:18).
Is a deposit from God, guaranteeing what is to come (2 Cor. 5:5).
Leads us, making us sons of God (Romans 8:14).
Testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children (Rom. 8:16).
Helps us in our weakness and intercedes for us (Rom. 8:26).
Testifies about Jesus (John 15:26).
Circumcises the heart (Rom. 2:29).
Is the seal of our inheritance (Eph. 1:13-14).
And much, much more.
That’s a fair bit. Not to mention that the Spirit is multi-faceted yet specific, working in my life personally, deeply, insightfully, patiently, uniquely. And he does the same in yours.
There is a power in our hearts about which we, admittedly, know very little. In the hustle and bustle of 21st century America, the spirit is easily ignored. He works softly, aided by solitude. His presence increases as we seek to understand him. Those who heed him are caught up in the wonder and delight of this amazing person.
Do you think you have the Holy Spirit?
If so, do you experience his presence?
What is he doing in your life today?