The Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought to, so God’s Spirit intercedes for us with sighs too deep for words. God searches the heart, God knows
what is the mind of the Spirit, and intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.
We know that all things work together for good for those who love God,
who are called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:26b-28, AP)
All things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose. All things…WOW! Last Sunday, on Ascension Sunday, we celebrated that Jesus ascends to take his rightful place at the right hand of God so that he might fill all things, including fulfilling his promise to be with us to the end of the age.
This Sunday God’s Word continues to do a lot of heavy lifting for us, helping us understand how all this works, what all this means, and why all this matters! We hear very specifically that God sends the gift of the Holy Spirit to guide us into all truth and knowledge and unity in the body so that we may live a life worthy of God’s calling. We hear that the Spirit empowers and enables us to live together with humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
Furthermore, the Spirit equips the saints for works of ministry—as apostles and prophets, as evangelists and pastors and teachers—all for the purpose of building up the body of Christ, until all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to maturity, to the measure of the full stature of Christ. WOW! No wonder the Apostle Paul BEGS us to lead a life worthy of the calling to which we have been called!
The only way we are able to lead this kind of life is that the Spirit helps us in our weakness to overcome the struggles of how all this works, what all this means, and why all this matters. So as we prepare to gather this Sunday, we pray for God’s Spirit to be rekindled within us so that together, we embody and offer the mighty works of God’s salvation for the good and benefit of all. See you this Sunday.
By God’s Grace,