May 13. 2015 Acts 17:15, 22-18:1; John 16: 12-15
God’s gifts to us are remarkable.
We are created in God’s image and likeness … the Father … the giver of life and love … sent His Son to save and redeem us. We are also gifted with the Holy Spirit … to enable us to continue Christ’s mission and spread the Good News throughout the world.
In the Gospel Jesus makes a point to clarify the relationship of the Father, Son and Spirit … but His followers are not quite ready … and do not fully understand Jesus’ message. They need guidance … and so … Jesus promises the Spirit Who will guide them to the truth.
We see the power of that Holy Spirit as Paul stops in Athens on his missionary journey. The religious beliefs of the ancient Greeks were Polytheistic … they were pagans who worshipped many gods … and they had a god for each different aspect of their lives. Just to be sure they covered all their bases … they even had an altar to any “unknown” god.
Paul … was open to the Spirit … so he capitalizes on this “unknown” god … to suggest and proclaim that this god … who they do not know … just might be the One, True God … the Lord of heaven and earth … the God who made the world and all that lives in it.
Paul proclaims a personal … loving creator … a God who gives life and breath. The message wasn’t totally well received … but some did become believers. God worked through Paul to bring some to salvation. It was his openness to the Holy Spirit that enabled him to remain zealous in his preaching.
We too need the guidance of that same Holy Spirit in our understanding and faithfulness to the truth.
May we open our hearts to accept all that God gives us … and to cooperate with God’s Spirit as we live out our lives as followers of Jesus.