~But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me:
And ye also shall bear witness, because ye have been with me from the beginning.
Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak:
He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall show it unto you.
All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall show it unto you~
The Apostles have been dead for over two-thousand years. They were true witnesses of Jesus’ life and teaching. They saw the compassion, kindness, graciousness of the God- Man. They saw His love reaching out to the desperate, sick, and the ones in mental torment. They saw Him raise the dead. They heard His teachings.
In those days students not only learned from their teacher but they were with the teacher, learning not only by words but by watching the way the teacher lived. They were constantly with him. How blessed those men were that lived, slept, ate with and watched the ways of Jesus Who patiently taught His slow learners!
Eventually, all of the followers of Jesus during those days died. But there is one perfect witness left on this earth with us today and it is the Holy Spirit. This blessed third Person of the Trinity has always been with Jesus and He is here with us…today.
He teaches us and will guide us into all truth if we let Him. This truth must always be
in agreement with Scripture. He comforts, guides us and strengthens us. He
brings things to our memories that we have read or heard about from Scripture.
However one of the most precious ministries of His is to reveal Jesus to us. He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall show it unto you. He knows how beautiful the character of Jesus is and He longs to reveal Him to us and then through our lives to a hurting, frightened and grieving world.
Are we letting the Holy Spirit minister to and show us the beauties of Christ? Pastors, teachers, writers and all workers for Jesus are we putting the Holy Spirit first in our lives and then through our work? Are we hiding behind the Cross of Christ so that others will see Jesus instead of seeing us?
I often do not, I must confess. Many times I want people to see me or my ministry so that I might receive some sort of approval. But when I do that, I obscure the view of our beautiful Jesus. How sad. How tragic.
~Hide, me, oh my Saviour, hide me. Let me desire that people see Jesus, not me~
Virginia, this is a good, well written article. I was thinking while reading your article at the part about the disciples being with Jesus daily as He was teaching them. I was thinking how wonderful it would be to take a learning "field trip" with Jesus in person. One day we will be with Him in person. WOW! Thanks for sharing. Thomas
A wonderful thought, Virginia. Most often, we do things hoping for appreciation for our own self. How often, we forget that whatever we do should be for glorifying God. I liked what you said about hiding behind Jesus, so that others see Him in us. Very well written, Virginia! God bless. Suma.
A Beautiful moving anointed piece precious Sister!!!You share Your Great Love and Passion for our Saviour so Beautifully!!!
That vision came to my heart recently too while I have been going through the loss of my Dad here on earth.
Do I see my self hiding behind the Cross in my thoughts actions words and deeds as I share the Love of Christ with my Family,Friends and Neighbours and a Hurting world!!!
With Jesus Love,
For it is Truly only when we allow The Holy Spirit to reign in our hearts and lives do we witness the Character of Christ in our heart and eyes!!!
May His Face continue to shine upon you Virginia!!!