We have all heard it: the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost.
We know: Father refers to God, Son refers to Jesus, Holy Ghost refers to the divine spark that resides in all of us.
Dr. Willard gets down to the nitty gritty in pages 100 to 102.
The Connection is there…
1st Corinthians 2nd Chapter: “For what human being knows what is truly human except the human spirit that is within? So also no one comprehends what is truly God’s except the Spirit of God.” Let’s break these verses down for they are the crux of Dr. Willard’s main point that there is a Holy Spirit connection in place. As human beings we try to understand each other and often we feel we may be getting close but our understanding is never perfect. The same would apply to God except for Jesus Christ who is our intermediary. Jesus was a human being and Jesus was God so he serves as our bridge to the Lord. “So also no one comprehends what is truly God’s except the Spirit of God.” This next verse serves as the proof that the connection is in place. “We can know the mind of God due to the Spirit that lives in us.” 1 Corinthians 2:16 is the strongest statement of the connection: “But we have the mind of Christ.”
Do we use our connection?
If there is a hunger for a God connection we will use our line of communication to our Lord and Savior.
No one says that we must. That is the “free, intelligent being” part of our human makeup. We are choosers. Dr. Willard cites Russ Johnston who states “We would see wonderful results if we would just deal with the thoughts that continue in our minds in a Godly manner. But most people don’t….Most people ask God ‘do you really want me (or us) to do this?’…God looks for someone else to stand in the gap.”
What are we going to ask God to do?
Dr. Willard tells us what to do to establish a strong Holy Spirit connection. We need to come around to the idea that God is friendly and helpful and “he desires to straighten, inform and correct us for our good.” We need to ask Him to examine us: “Search me, o God and know my heart; test me and know my thoughts” [Psalms 139:23]. Dr. Willard says we need to approach God as a doctor or dentist: “Examine me please, and see if corrections to my physical condition are needed. Find out what is wrong and repair it.”
What will happen when we establish the Holy Spirit/God connection…
God will come to us in our thoughts, our perceptions and our experiences. God’s thoughts can actually become our thoughts. We begin to grow in God’s grace and His laws become more acceptable for us. His love becomes something that we can exhibit to others. We can show the faith that He asks us to show. I am not saying I am there but changes to our world begin to occur as Dr. Willard points out the many areas of life that can be altered: our attitude toward death, our attitude toward God, our attitude toward sexuality, our concern for our reputation in society, our concern with our appearance and so forth. When God communication occurs on a regular basis, a God man or a God woman is changed through what Paul calls “a renewing of our minds.” We are not the same anymore.
We are moving on with God…
Some people may think this is daunting. I can’t do this. It is more than I can handle. That’s ok, God will go to someone else who is willing to be used.
Some people may think this is too much commitment. They like their worldly lifestyle and all these changes upset them too much and will upset the crowd they are running with. That’s ok, God will go to someone else who is willing to be used.
Some people are just incapable of giving up control. They don’t want to do what the Lord and Savior tell them. They want to be the captain of their own ship. That’s ok, God will go to someone else who is willing to be used.
All I can say is we are choosers.
Sometimes we make the right choice; sometimes we make the wrong one.
If you choose to establish the God connection, pray the bold prayer “God search me and know my heart; test me and know my thoughts. Examine me and make the corrections that need to be made. I am yours. Use me as You will.”
His response, “Ok, here we go.”