Abiding with His Spirit
Our Sermon theme for this Easter season is ‘What a difference the Holy Spirit makes’ and we will be thinking about this up until Pentecost and Trinity Sunday.
In our readings today, we see Peter filled the Holy Spirit challenging the religious rulers in Jerusalem. What a difference from the pre-Holy Spirit Peter who denies Jesus three times.
We also see John writing to the church and encouraging them to follow God’s commandments to love one another and believe in Jesus Christ. Have you seen the difference the Holy Spirit makes in your life – as you draw closer to God not only is it easier to believe but you will find your outlook changes. We don’t have to force ourselves to do good as the Holy Spirit Abides in us we have it in our hearts desire to do good.
Our Gospel parable of Jesus the good shepherd rounds off this thought. The thing about sheep is they tend to stick together – that is why it is possible for a sheep dog to round them up – cats of course work differently! But there are still always some sheep that would rather stick their heads into the long grass and do their own thing. The difference is that when we seek to be filled with the Holy Spirit we find we are able to hear His voice more clearly and no matter how tempting is the green grass on the other side of the field, His power within us draws us to lift up our heads and follow him.
What a difference it will make when we are all able to say ‘Come Holy Spirit – abide in me’…
23 And this is his commandment, that we should believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ and love one another, just as he has commanded us. 24All who obey his commandments abide in him, and he abides in them. And by this we know that he abides in us, by the Spirit that he has given us.
I John 3:23-24