Skyler was a great fisherman even though he was a teenager. He had a good teacher. Skyler had been fishing with his father since the time he could walk. Books, the internet and videos were also tools that Skyler used to develop his fishing technique, but there was more. Skyler had a gift for fishing. He understood the fish. It was something that could not be gleaned from a book or even from watching a demonstration.
As disciples of Jesus we have many tools that can help us in our Biblical knowledge and theological understanding. The life of faith, though, is more than reading, listening and small group discussion. The Holy Spirit is present in our lives. It is the Spirit’s presence in our lives that enables us to grow in our faith, deepen our commitment, expand our love and sharpen our insight.
The Spirit is God’s gift to us. The Spirit is God’s presence in our lives and it is through the Spirit that we experience God’s power. There’s more to the Spirit’s work, though. The Lord wants us to experience the fullness of an abundant life that comes through a relationship with God. The Spirit moves within us so that we experience such a life.
1 Corinthians 2:6-16
Yet among the mature we do speak wisdom, though it is not a wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are doomed to perish. But we speak God’s wisdom, secret and hidden, which God decreed before the ages for our glory. None of the rulers of this age understood this; for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. But, as it is written, “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the human heart conceived, what God has prepared for those who love him”— these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit; for the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God. For what human being knows what is truly human except the human spirit that is within? So also no one comprehends what is truly God’s except the Spirit of God. Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit that is from God, so that we may understand the gifts bestowed on us by God. And we speak of these things in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual things to those who are spiritual. Those who are unspiritual do not receive the gifts of God’s Spirit, for they are foolishness to them, and they are unable to understand them because they are spiritually discerned. Those who are spiritual discern all things, and they are themselves subject to no one else’s scrutiny. “For who has known the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ.