Emails to my Church – How are you?

This question is an invitation to say whatever you want. You are free to say as much as you can or say nothing at all. Sometimes our answers are light, and other times we say more than what we wanted to say.

But what if the one that is asking this question is the Lord! How would you answer Him? You can say much, or you can say little. You can tell him what you think, how you feel, or may not want to say anything and stay still.

In February I talked about the Trinity and I shared that God is relational. God decided to do this for our sake. We can relationally relate to Father God, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. They are in an ongoing relationship based on love and grace and fellowship.

I have asked the Holy Spirit to become my best friend. I know that I can relate to God as Father and the Son of God. But how can I connect to the Holy Spirit that I cannot see? Yet at the very end of the letter of 2 Corinthians 13:14, Paul says, “May the grace of the Lord Jesus, the love of God and the fellowship with the Holy Spirit be with you all”. I was so intrigued about the last sentence; how can I develop fellowship with the Holy Spirit?

This quest to know the Holy Spirit led me to pray more, asking God that I want to befriend the Holy Spirit. I know he is a person because he is not referred to in the Bible as “it”. He has a personality and character. He is mighty and is here to be our counsellor, meaning he walks beside us. He is the one who brings conviction, and he is the one who can teach us the Gospel. Jesus said of him these words: “I will talk to the Father, and he’ll provide you another Friend so that you will always have someone with you. This Friend is the Spirit of Truth. The godless world can’t take him in because it doesn’t have eyes to see him, doesn’t know what to look for. But you know him already because he has been staying with you and will even be in you!” (John 14:16–17 MESSAGE)

This friend who comes beside us, the Spirit of Truth, is always asking us, how are you? Any good friend will ask this: During this season of getting to know the Holy Spirit, the Lord showed me a picture based on Psalm 23:5 “You serve me a six-course dinner right in front of my enemies. You revive my drooping head; my cup brims with blessing.” (Psalm 23:5 MESSAGE) I was seated before a table full of my favourite food. It was a round table with two chairs. I felt a hand on my shoulders reassuring me of love, peace, and joy. This, for me, was an invitation, a “How are you?” moment.

Dear friends, we are not alone. There are many invitations that God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit are issuing every time and at every moment in our lives. Jesus said that the Spirit will be with us always. This has not changed. I want to seek His friendship and fellowship. God will answer. God will come through. God will speak. Let us be reminded that we can have a How are you? moment with the Lord.

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