“Truly, truly I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father.  Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.  If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it.”  John 14:12-14 ESV

Bold words.  I’ve read this scripture before and I used to get mixed feelings of awe and doubt.  So when Derek used this verse Sunday in his message, it really cleared things up for me.  These last few weeks we’ve dived into a new sermon series about the Holy Spirit and it has been AMAZING!  As Derek addressed in his message Sunday – when we start talking about the Holy Spirit and His work, we walk a fine line.  There are two obvious camps people can fall into when dealing with the Holy Spirit.  We don’t want to be in the camp that rejects Him and hinders His work through unbelief and fear.  On the flip side, we also don’t want to start manufacturing Him like some do and start making Him into someone He is not.

I feel like since there isn’t much teaching about it usually in our “comfortable lets not offend anyone” type of modern church, when He (the Holy Spirit) gets brought up, we kinda get apprehensive (or scared) to accept or even believe He is at work.   Also, He is mysterious and that freaks us out to be blunt.  We don’t want to be the, “Weird” Christians… we want to be culturally acceptable.  That’s why it’s so vital for us to KNOW and UNDERSTAND what the Holy Spirit really does and doesn’t do.  Then we can allow Him to work through us as He wills.  I mean, what would that look like?  Seriously… if you took a moment to think about your life, how would you allow the Holy Spirit – GOD to move through you and bring Himself glory???

I so appreciate how Derek has been explaining some of these things for us!  The fact is the Holy Spirit is GOD.  Fully.  He’s not the third wheel of the trinity who gets thrown in so we can explain the “mysterious” side of God.  That was something that struck me during the message Sunday.  Everything God does is for His glory.  And so it is in John 14:12-14 when we look at it in context with what Christ just said regarding the Holy Spirit.  The second part of this verse doesn’t mean, “Pray your self-centered prayer and say, ‘in Jesus name’ and then it will magically be answered.  That’s the part that always threw me off because I’m thinking, “Really Jesus?  I can ask for some pretty shallow stuff and then I should expect an answer just because of the words I used?”

There is power in the name of Jesus, that is completely true.  But something I got from the message Sunday was maybe I need to be seeing that verse more like this-  “Walk in the Spirit, let your aim be to glorify God and then when you pray using my name – I will do it.  Sometimes my Spirit will prompt you to do impossible things, and it is the will of God and you can have faith because I will answer.”  (my own paraphrase…)

These are just some of my thoughts from Sunday.  If you don’t usually come to the Vine but are interested in learning more about the Holy Spirit, you really should come join us Sunday (Derek didn’t pay me to write that).  And if you do attend with us Sundays, please leave a comment!  I’m sure you have lots of thoughts and things you’ve been learning too.  Thanks for reading!

Isaac Godwin