But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. John 14:26
There are two parts to the Holy Spirit’s ministry. First, He takes the things of Christ Jesus. Secondly, He reveals them to, in and through the believer. His revelation is not only to give knowledge and understanding, but expression.
The Holy Spirit desires to express the Lord Jesus Christ TO, IN and THROUGH the life of the believer.
The Christian’s life is a prism in which the Holy Spirit breaks up the expression of the Lord Jesus into His component graces (the beauty of our Lord—see Psalm 27:4). If the believer does not have an intelligent understanding of the ministry of the Holy Spirit and does not submit to His ministry, there is little of the Lord Jesus seen in the believer’s life.1
It is important to note that the Holy Spirit does the best He can under the limitations imposed upon Him by the believer. The Lord Jesus will not glorify Himself by His own self-expression through the Christian, and if the Holy Spirit cannot, because He is prevented by the believer, then the life of the Christian reveals a very small amount of the grace, goodness and glory of the Son of God. Herein lies the imperative necessity of every believer. He must first understand and then be willing to express the ministry of the Holy Spirit.
Dr. Max I. Reich put this beautifully when he said: “If we make room for the Holy Spirit, He will make room for the Lord Jesus.” The converse is true, that if we do not make room for the Holy Spirit, He cannot make room for the Lord Jesus.2 The Holy Spirit does all He can for believers. A believer’s life is certainly different than what it was before the believer was saved. For some believers there has been a right-about-face, and for others, the transformation is slow and almost unnoticeable. For most, there is only a small amount of victory over sin. Most enjoy some of the things of God. But as for their lives radiating the Lord Jesus, there is very little of that.3
If the Lord Jesus is only left to dwelling in their hearts, He will not give an outward expression of Himself in their lives. He has given that ministry over to the Holy Spirit. And if the Holy Spirit is not recognized, received and depended upon for this work, He simply cannot perform it. Just as Jesus never saves a person until a person recognizes His ministry, and by an act of his free will, chooses to trust Him to perform it.4 Most Christians never depend upon the Holy Spirit in this way. They see His dwelling in them as a guest. He is present, but confined to having little room to express His fruit and gifts.
I encourage you to make room today. How? Begin by rescheduling your time. Find 15-20 minutes each morning to spend fostering the manifest Presence of God. Second, open your heart through thanksgiving. Our spiritual eyes come open when we express our gratitude for our redemption. Express freely, openly and vocally your heartfelt thanks for all of the goodness God has shown to you. Begin with the day of your salvation and then focus on two or three things where the evidence shows the Lord loves you, has been with you and has chosen to bless you.
David said in Psalm 103, “Praise the Lord, my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits—who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.”
Come to the altar today…the Lord will meet you there.