The Key Ingredient
As a baker, I have to be careful with the steps and instructions of a recipe. A missing or incorrectly added ingredient can be a disaster. For instance, if you forget to add or substitute your eggs when making a cake, the cake will not rise, a complete failure. The same thing happens in our lives.
For example, if in my role as a mother, I forget to include some vital ingredients (such as love, care, protection, guidance, etc.) when raising my daughters, they will not grow as expected. However innovative, my parenting skills won't be successful if one of these vital ingredients is missing. It is the same with our Christian life; if that crucial ingredient, a relationship with the Holy Spirit, is not in the equation, our spiritual life does not grow.
To have true intimacy with someone, we have to know that person. The same with God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit; we must know Them. The Holy Spirit wants you to know Him. You can't walk in the power of someone you don't know. It is necessary to have a close relationship with the Holy Spirit because while it is true that the Holy Spirit is the power of God in us, it is also true that we must activate His power through a close relationship with Him.
How do we develop a relationship with Him?
1. By knowing him. How can we know the Holy Spirit? Through the Word of God embodied in the Holy Scriptures. That is why we must read the Bible daily; to know what God thinks, feels, and wants for us. The Holy Spirit is the One that reveals to us what we do not understand. He helps us interpret God's Word and gives us understanding and wisdom.
2. By talking to Him daily. We have to seek him every day in prayer and worship. It is in His presence that we learn to listen to His voice.
3. By asking for the Holy Spirit's help regarding all decisions we have to make. Nobody is better than the Holy Spirit of God to guide and advise us.
4. By obeying His Word. Close relationships are only between friends, and having a close relationship with the Holy Spirit means He becomes our friend. But that friendship must be based on obedience, as Jesus said in John 15:14, "You are my friends if you do what I command you. " So, it is obedience to the Word of God that makes us friends of the Holy Spirit.
We have not been giving the Holy Spirit the importance He deserves. He has been boxed in last place when in reality, the Holy Spirit, alongside God and Jesus, form Three in One, and all three should be protagonists in our lives as Christians. As we already know, the moment we accept Christ in our hearts, the Holy Spirit dwells in us and transforms us.
The relationship with the Holy Spirit is built every day like any other relationship, and as our life is straightened, we also grow spiritually. In addition, the relationship with the Holy Spirit enables us to be more like Christ. The Holy Spirit has many functions: He convinces us of sin, reveals the Father and the Son, guides us into all truth and transforms us. John 16:7-11-7 But I tell you the truth: It is to your advantage that I go away because if I do not, the Comforter will not come to you; instead, if I go, I will send it to you. 8 And when he comes, he will convict the world of its error as regards sin, righteousness, and judgment; 9 as for sin.
1 Corinthians 2:10 - God revealed them to us by the Holy Spirit because the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God.
John 15:26 But when the Counselor comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father, he will testify about me.
John: 16-13- But when the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on his own, but whatever He hears He will speak, and He will tell you things to come.
We need the help of the Holy Spirit to overcome our sinful nature and grow. We must take the time to get to know him personally, to become intimate with Him. We must give Him reign over our lives and surrender completely to His will. You will never know the Holy Spirit well if you do not develop a communion with Him. Talk to Him, Pray to Him, and ask Him to guide and direct you. He invites us today to enter into an intimate relationship with Him because He wants to transform us and help us in all areas of our lives. Remember, He is the main ingredient for the growth of our spiritual life.