The Holy Spirit was always and is always our resource to worshipping the
true God, and to avoid the worshipping of any false gods.
It is difficult to know where to begin exploring something as transcendent as the Holy Spirit.
This ubiquitous Being has been present since the beginning of time as
well, yet was only recognized as part of the godhead by the church
fathers at the Council of Nicaea in the fourth century to combat the
Arian controversy. Boy, were they ever busy. It would be so easy to
dismiss the Holy Spirit’s divinity for that reason alone. And many have.
But before you brush off the Holy Spirit as inconsequential, consider this:
think about the pervasiveness of electricity. It powers ours homes,
office buildings, whole cities, and all our modern conveniences. It is a
physical phenomenon but has no physical body. We can see it sometimes
in its most scary and dramatic displays as lightning, causing fires and
widespread destruction. But there are also milder forms, like electric
currents producing static electricity that makes hair stand on end and
gives a shock when a door handle is touched.
The most important
thing to remember here is that scientists and inventors (like Ben
Franklin, whose famous experiment with the kite on a string with a key
brought lightning out of the clouds and into our homes; and Thomas
Edison, who brought us the lightbulb) didn’t invent electricity. They
discovered it. Electricity had been in the world since the beginning of
time as electromagnetism, one of the four forces of physics. All man did
was discover how to order it, harnessing its power and its benefits for
the flourishing of humanity.
I would like to think of the Holy
Spirit in somewhat the same way but on a far grander scale. He has been
operating since before “in the beginning . . .” (Gen. 1:1). I don’t
think it’s possible to control the Holy Spirit, but I do think it’s
possible to understand his divine and glorious power. If we recognize
the Spirit’s power and submit to his authority to lead us to the
To understand more of the Holy Spirit’s power, let us
return again to the lighthouse, standing strong and tall on the edge of a
precipice or in the midst of troubling seas. See the light in the
lighthouse? It’s the lamp burning inside, pointing the way to safety.
And remember that the light defines the lighthouse’s whole purpose for
Now, imagine yourself to be a lighthouse, planted firmly
in a world that you did not create, but a world that has created you.
Ask yourself, “On what or to whom is my light pointing? To what do I
look to for safety? On what or whom does my light shine?” We cannot look
to ourselves because we are part of the mechanism.
The light of
the lighthouse looks out; it does not look inward. It looks out to find,
to search for lost souls. However, our light searches not to find, but
to be found. This is the dilemma of the human heart. It looks for that
which will give it purpose and a reason for being. This is glory. This
is the act of worship. It is holding something up and bowing down to it.
Of shining your light on something, around it, and through it,
believing it will define the purpose of your light.
Spirit is the one that directs our light to God. Its job is to lead us
to the One who can keep our lights burning bright, powering them and
giving them their true purpose.
[written by Lauren Green]