The Work of the Spirit
"Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you." John 16:7 (ESV)
Psalm 139 shows how the Holy Spirit works in our lives, as a testimony of David's relationship to Him. What stands out to me is how the Holy Spirit is within us and never leaves us. "You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways..." (Psalm 139:2,3 NIV) In John 16: 4-15, we see how the Holy Spirit worked in John the Baptist to lay the foundation for Jesus's ministry.
What is the Holy Spirit's job?
He is the Comforter, the Paraclete (Helper), the Teacher of righteousness. He reminds us of what we have learned in scripture and in life experiences. He convicts the world of sin and is a witness with the believers to others seeing the truth and turning from sin. He is our Attorney and Judge. He guides us to pray for and serve others. He is witness with us also to the holiness of God.
What is our part in His job?
Knowing that He is always with us encourages us to stand firm in our faith. Like David the Psalmist, we likely have times of deep anxiety, a straying from the faith, or believing lies of this world. But He does not give up on us! Our job, as willing vessels, is to work alongside the Holy Spirit in his work on earth: being an example, teaching, praying for and serving others, especially those who need to hear the gospel message.
John the Baptist started the work of Jesus on earth; he was a "forerunner" of Christ. In clarifying this for the followers, John stated: "He must become greater; I must become less." (John 3:31b)
We can pray daily, "Empty me of myself and fill me with your Holy Spirit, so that I can be the hands and feet of Jesus in this world."