‘He will bring glory to me by taking from what is mine and making it known to you.’ (John 16:14)
Floodlights have transformed the world of sport. At one time, an international match or tournament would have been suspended as the light faded, or a local sports team would not have been able to practice during winter evenings; but now, floodlights mean that play can happen any time. Floodlights make a difference.
But while floodlights are important, they aren’t the focus of our attention. When did you last say, ‘Oh look at those lovely floodlights’? Floodlights are there, not to draw attention to themselves, but to the pitch they are directed to. And so it is with the Holy Spirit: he is, as it were, the floodlight shining onto Jesus, directing our attention, not to himself, but to him.
In fact, as you read the New Testament, it becomes clear that everything the Spirit does seems to point away from himself and towards another. We read that he convicts us of sin. Why? To point us to Jesus who alone can forgive it. He brings new spiritual birth as we trust in Christ. Why? So he can bring us to the Father. He lives within us. Why? So that we can lead a life that pleases the Father. He inspired and interprets the Scriptures. Why? So we can know what the Father is like and what he wants for us in our daily lives. He gives his gifts to the church. Why? So he can see us built up and made strong for the work we are called to do. From start to finish, everything the Spirit does – like our floodlights – is not for himself but for others.
Today God still wants each one of us to be filled with his promised Holy Spirit. But as he comes and fills us, it is not to draw attention to himself or to have us caught up in him; it is so that we can see Jesus and become more like him. Ask the Holy Spirit to work this promised floodlight ministry for you today.
…the mystery of Christ, which was not made known to men in other generations as it has now been revealed by the Spirit to God’s holy apostles and prophets. (Ephesians 3:4-5)
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