“When the Advocate comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who comes from the Father, he will testify on my behalf.” (John 15:26)
Today, Jesus describes the Holy Spirit as the Spirit of Truth whose role is that of witnessing. The Holy Spirit helps to make clear things which may not be known by our natural senses, he brings to light what was rather shrouded in mystery, he enlightens, he inspires, he is there to provide a guide; he is our 6th sense if you like. The Holy Spirit witnesses on behalf of Jesus and inspires us as we witness for Jesus.
In truth, the task of witnessing for Jesus in today’s world is one of the most difficult tasks anyone can embark upon. People will hate you simply for being a light in the midst of darkness. You get all kinds of attacks just for speaking the truth. Jesus says: “the hour is coming when whoever kills you will think he is offering service to God.” (John 16:2).
If we must witness at all for Christ, then we need the Holy Spirit; He is the Principal Agent of Evangelization. As Paul and his companions travelled, they were successful not because of their eloquence or knowledge, but as a result of the Holy Spirit working in the hearts of their listeners.
One woman who was so touched was Lydia. We are told that: “The Lord the Holy Spirit opened her heart to give heed to what was said by Paul…” And this woman insisted that Paul and his companions must stay at her house meaning her very home become a church for the Christian converts in that city.
As we can see, winning souls for God has two sides; the painful aspect of persecution and the pleasant aspect of meeting people willing to assist. While the Holy Spirit helps us in the sad moments, the Holy Spirit also helps us to connect with persons like this generous woman of faith. Without the Holy Spirit, we can do nothing on our own.
Let us pray: Come Holy Spirit, fill our hearts and enkindle in us your Sacred Fire. Amen.
Bible Study: Acts 16:11-15, Psalm 149 and John 15:26-16:4).