“And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.” Ephesians 4:30 (NIV, NET)
My ministry work is about enfolding the body into our spiritual journeys. It is about including our physical selves in our spiritual lives. The body — your body — in an integrated part of your “self” … and God longs for your whole “self” to be devoted to Him.
Yet, broadly speaking, the body is largely excluded from our relationship with God. Most of us, if we consider our physical selves at all in our spiritual journeys, might give it a secondary … or tertiary … role.
Which makes me think of the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit is an equal and integrated part of the Godhead. (I know every Christian reader would intellectually agree.) And yet, if you are like me, the Holy Spirit gets a secondary … or even tertiary … role in my life.
For example: If God the Father said something to me, I would jump to it. If Jesus suggested something to me, I would run after it. Yet daily … often multiple times a day … the Holy Spirit prompts me about things, and I only occasionally follow through. A 50% response rate, perhaps on a good day.
It seems that I don’t give equal weight to the Holy Spirit who is undoubtably an equal member of the triune God. I grieve Him all the time. (Spirit, forgive me.)
Our God is the great three-in-One. And He made us in His image, and we too are three-in-one.
May we learn to give equal weight to the members of the Godhead in our daily life of following God …
And may we learn to embrace and include all of our own “members” in our daily life of following God.