Last week I focused on the concept of being aware of the presence of God with us. Not only is He all around us…those who have submitted and entrusted their lives to Christ have received the indwelling Holy Spirit.
A true follower of Jesus carries God within.
Unfortunately, the body of Christ today is plagued by two extremes when it comes to the Holy Spirit. One extreme prefers to avoid any emphasis on the Holy Spirit, fearing individualism that might arise as each member separately follows the leading of the Spirit. This group prefers a strong emphasis of the importance of Scripture, which often leads to rigidity that often stifles the Spirit.
The other extreme ignores Scriptural commands regarding the gifting and manifestations of the Holy Spirit and over-emphasizes the Holy Spirit almost to the point of obsession that may result in emotionalism and sensationalism.
The first extreme constrains the Holy Spirit and is vulnerable to legalism in their rigid obedience to the Scripture.
The second extreme minimizes the Scriptural roles of the Father and Son within the Trinity, and is vulnerable to false teaching.
The truth is found between these two extremes.
Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to us at Pentecost to be our guide and helper.
We grow as followers of Jesus by studying the characteristics of God found in Scripture…and by relying on the indwelling Holy Spirit to lead us in the path that God wants us to go. The Holy Spirit will never go against Scripture and the unity of the Body of Christ.
As Christian physicians, we are specially equipped to help those who are sick and in need of medical care. Medicine is a ministry that can be expressed in an overwhelming number of ways. We need the guidance of the Holy Spirit to show us exactly how the Lord wants us to use our gifts.
In addition, we need the Holy Spirit to empower us to carry out the work assigned to us.
In short, the Holy Spirit has a multi-faceted role in our lives. We will spend the next few weeks exploring that role.
Prayer: Lord, open the eyes of my heart to the indwelling presence of Your Spirit.