Rudyard Kipling wrote: “I keep six honest serving men (they taught me all I know); their names are What and Why and When and How and Where and Who”.
These are wise words, they speak of the enquiring mind, and a heart to know and understand more. God always seeks to draw us deeper into faith, and deeper into the beauty of His love. The apostle wrote “Let us leave the elementary teachings about Christ and go on to maturity”. Hebrews 6 verse 1
Anne-Marie and I have been among you for ten years now and the question we need to ask is “does the desire to know and experience God burn brighter in our hearts and minds today than it did in the past?” Do we desire to know more of “the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God”? Romans 11 verse 33 God wants us to know Him through a deepening and growing faith. The problem is that many of us feel the desire to know Him better, but think it is too hard, or worse we substitute a deep and satisfying relationship with God for work, busyness, entertain-ment and pleasure. These can be honest pursuits, but they will never satisfy the need to find meaning and significance through KNOWING GOD.
We have just celebrated Pentecost, where we remember the work of the Holy Spirit, and it seems to me that Christian life and growth is the work of the Holy Spirit, from first to last. Growth comes in three steps.
In the first we enter into salvation through faith in Christ, “without faith it is impossible to please God”, Hebrews 11 verse 6. This means we stop looking elsewhere and trust Christ as our Saviour. He touches our hearts and we are changed by the inward work of the Holy Spirit. Faith in Christ is the first step to life in God, it is not the last.
Once we believe, the second question needs to be asked. “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” Acts 19 verse 2 The power of the Holy Spirit is not just to bring us into the kingdom of God but to fill and empower us for worship and service. Have you received your own baptism in the Holy Spirit? Have you set out on the journey to ask “What and Why and When and How and Where and Who” of the Holy Spirit of God?
Then beyond being filled with His presence God seeks to draw us into an intimate Spirit to spirit relationship with Himself. He seeks to reveal His love to us and show us His gracious guidance. When we seek Him His presence can actually be experienced daily. This is the journey we are on. It is a journey of both head and heart guided and indwelt by the Holy Spirit. Do you seek more of God? Jesus says “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you”. Luke 11 verse 9 Never draw back from seeking more of God, because there is always more to find. Pursue Him passionately and you will find the reward of His presence.