The Holy Spirit is up to something. Whatever it is, however it works, the Holy Spirit is in agreement with the plans and purposes of God and Jesus. These three work together. They do not compete with one another. Their work is what makes it possible for us to do our work – the essential and abundant process of transformation.
Once lost, now found but not necessarily fine. And this is what trips us up, right? We keep thinking that if we were lost but somehow find our way back to God – shouldn’t everything be fine? Well, that’s not how it works.
Something is happening and we have the opportunity to make a decision about whether we are going to join God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit in this work or not. In recovery, that decision is spelled out in step three: We make a decision to turn our life over to the care and control of God (more or less that’s what it says).
A study of the Christian theology of the Holy Spirit begins with the biblical witness of the work of the Spirit of God in the history of Israel, the ministry of Jesus and in the life of the early church.
In the Old Testament, the Spirit is spoken of as the creative breath of God. This breath of God gives life to creatures but doesn’t simply breathe on them and then cut them loose to figure life out (that would be developmentally inappropriate and definitely abusive). This breath is sustaining, saving and renewing both for individuals and the entire people of God.
But when you hide your face, they are terrified; when you take away their breath, they die and return to dust. When you let loose your breath, they are created, and you make the surface of the ground brand-new again. Psalm 104:29-30 CEB
Our youngest child – now full grown – has always been extremely creative. As a preschooler, he’d come home from his morning preschool class and pronounce, “LOOK WHAT I CREATED!” And I would say, “THAT IS AWESOME!” When he sends me his short stories or screenplays or a cd of music he has produced, he no longer shouts like a preschooler, but I keep shouting in response to his creative work, “THAT IS AWESOME!” But let’s get real. He didn’t CREATE anything. He re-arranged the molecules. His creativity is a reflection of his heavenly Father’s creativity, but the elements that Michael works with – his mind, imagination, life experiences, ability to write and play instruments and build melodies and produce music – all that, every bit of it – straight from the breath of God. This is true for all of us.
Today, can we give thanks to a God who lets loose his breath, creates and re-creates us day by day? Amen