“And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.” John 14:16,17 (ESV)
Jesus knew that the disciples (and us) were not capable of living alone in this world as His followers. He knew we needed help…specifically a “Helper”. And shortly after His resurrection, He sent that “Helper” at Pentecost…the promised Holy Spirit.
No doubt it was very comforting to the disciples when they heard that Jesus was sending a helper who would be present with them. But when Jesus mentions that this “helper” would also be “in” them, they would likely have been confused. The Old Testament had no example of God’s Spirit dwelling within someone.
Yet we know that at Pentecost, the Holy Spirit came and since that time, He has taken up residence within each new believer.
God isn’t simply everywhere around us…He is also somehow “within” every member of the Body of Christ.
Not enough has been said or written about this very profound mystery.
If God the Holy Spirit is within me…than He is somehow a part of me. That certainly doesn’t make me God…but it does make me intimately associated with God.
Therefore, it should not surprise me that with God dwelling within me that my conscience becomes very sensitive to sin and that as I am tempted…something (or Someone) within me strongly reacts to that temptation. It should also not surprise me that I will begin to sense the Spirit’s leading in my life.
If God the Holy Spirit is within me…I should be aware of Him!
To become aware of Him…I must take the time to learn to sense Him.
I must slow down…
Sensing the leading of the Holy Spirit is not a mark of spiritual maturity or a special gift…it should be the experience of every Christian.
As you begin today with Scripture reading and prayer, reflect on how intimately connected you are with the Holy Spirit and how well you are able to sense His leading…a leading that is critical in our role as Christian physicians.
Prayer: Lord, reveal to me the mystery of Your inward presence!