“You made known to me the path of life, in Your presence there’s fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” -Psalm 16:11
Although we know we are surrounded with God’s presence, we ought to grow in the AWARENESS that we are in God’s presence. For when we become aware of that things change, our mind gets renewed, because we begin to perceive things differently especially when it comes how we look upon God’s church. It will become more evident to us that being together as a Church is the most important thing. The Church is the most wondrous ‘phenomena’ on earth.
While on earth Jesus emphasized two things: the Kingdom of God and the Church. So the statement: ”if you were the only one on earth, Jesus would have come only for you” isn’t entirely true, because it is self-centered, it annuls the idea of Jesus dying for the others-the whole world. And it denies the thought of bringing others into the complete picture.
So, being aware of the presence of the Lord means to be rooted in the understanding what a blessing we are to those around us. This should encourage us to put ourselves in the service for others.
Jesus didn’t come to be served but rather to serve-to be a blessing to others. If we study closely the verse in 1 Thessalonians 5:14 we’ll see that encouragement is the key to our service for others. Encouragement involves words but also deeds. Encouragement through deeds affects our generosity or more accurately the level of our generosity.
Getting to know the Holy Spirit actually means to obtain the best-heavenly strategy how to serve people around us. He is the only One Who knows HOW to serve them.
When the disciples referred to Him they used the name ‘Aghios pneuma’ which actually brings into the light His state-His is holy, the Spirit of the Living God…but Jesus used a different term to describe Him…Jesus called Him ‘parakletos’ which means the Encourager, for He knew Him in His essence-the One who is constantly mighty, constantly at one’s side, well able to encourage and lift up when needed.
Now, the challenge or better said the exhortation for is to be aware we are the ‘parakletos’ to those around us.
Let’s rise up and take our rightful place, fulfilling the heavenly call.