When our son was just a little bitty guy, I began talking to him about Jesus.

I talked about Jesus when he was the One who can save the day, most all-powerful of any super-hero he ever heard of.

But mainly, I described Jesus to our son as his best Friend. A Friend he should want to invite to be with him at some point.

Our son couldn’t see Jesus, and I thought that might be a problem, since he’s a very literal, visual person. But the Holy Spirit was at work, helping me keep it simple.

One day, when he was playing in our living room with the bajillion toys he had “earned” during potty training, our son hopped up and shouted, “Come on, Jesus, let’s go play Hot Wheels!”

I’ve thought about that day many times when I start off the day. Am I inviting God’s presence in everything I do?

My Greatest Friend and Helper is the Holy Spirit — my Best Friend who never disappoints. Who is not rude. Who searches my heart and shows me things I may not want to look at, but need to see. Who never gives up on me. Who encourages me in faith at all times. Who makes me bold to share my faith. Who knows my every need and intercedes on my behalf when I can’t find the words.

Sunday was the date we traditionally observe Pentecost Sunday. The day when the Bible tells us that Jesus’ promise to His disciples that God would sent a Helper to be with them forever came to fruition.

Jesus made this promise, according to John 14:16-17 — ”And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever — the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.”

What a gift! Our friends on earth come and go. Our family can love us and encourage us unconditionally, but only to their understanding of what love is — and eventually we are separated by our mortality for a time.

In John:15 26, we are promised this: “And I will send you the Divine Encourager from the very presence of my Father. He will come to you, the Spirit of Truth, emanating from the Father, and he will speak to you about me.”

The Holy Spirit, that Divine Encourager, is a Spirit of Truth Who opens our eyes and our ears to hear what God has in store for us.

My salvation came as prophesied in the birth, ministry, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. My Great Help came as prophesied, on the Day of Pentecost in that upper room, to guide me in all things toward strengthening my faith and sharing it — the big things, the small things, the hard things, the complicated things.

1 Corinthians 2:10 — But God now unveils these profound realities to us by the Spirit. Yes, he has revealed to us his inmost heart and deepest mysteries through the Holy Spirit, who constantly explores all things. After all, who can really see into a person’s heart and know his hidden impulses except for that person’s spirit? So it is with God. His thoughts and secrets are only fully understood by his Spirit, the Spirit of God.

Acts 2:38 — Peter replied, “Repent and return to God, and each one of you must be baptized in the name of Jesus, the Anointed One, to have your sins removed. Then you may take hold of the gift of the Holy Spirit. For God’s promise of the Holy Spirit is for you and your families, for those yet to be born and for everyone whom the Lord our God calls to himself.

Acts 4:31-33 — At that moment the earth shook beneath them, causing the building they were in to tremble. Each one of them was filled with the Holy Spirit, and they proclaimed the word of God with unrestrained boldness. All the believers were one in mind and heart. Selfishness was not a part of their community, for they shared everything they had with one another. The apostles gave powerful testimonies about the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great measures of grace rested upon them all.

Email Andrea Howe at ahowe@mtcarmelregister.com.

— Email Andrea Howe at ahowe@mtcarmelregister.com

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