January 8, 2020
Scripture: John 14:26
But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything, and remind you of all that I have said to you.
Thought for the Day: Jesus speaks of the Advocate, the Holy Spirit that shall come in his stead. Of course, in good Trinitarian thinking, Jesus is of the same essence as the Spirit/Advocate. With that in mind, Jesus suggests that the Spirit will teach everything needed. Does this suggest that faith and a living relationship with the Spirit teaches us what we need in all situations and circumstances? Can individuals stop going to Medical School and stop seeking Engineering Degrees? I hope not! I still want well qualified and educated individuals cutting on me and designing the bridges on which I drive. I’m kind of selfish that way. I do believe the Spirit of God, which is the Spirit of Love, is a full participant, whether named or not, in all that is good and life-giving. The shaping of minds and hearts, whether it is in the area of science, mathematics, computers, art, music, relationships, political science, history, English or religion, includes the work of the Spirit that inspires and encourages. For those of us in the church, the Spirit is inviting us to a classroom where long held attitudes and opinions are challenged by the basic conviction that love – not just for some, but all – is the single greatest force in the universe. The Spirit seeks to convict our hearts with that idea so that no matter what our area of study or interest might be, the work we do is toward that goal of love. What is the specific lesson the Spirit is trying to teach you today?
Prayer: Make every moment a classroom moment, Heavenly Teacher, so that what I am and what I do and what I know is unified in the work of putting love first. Amen.
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Rev. Bruce Frogge