When it comes to living the life of a saint, it is vitally important to develop a deep, personal relationship with the Holy Spirit. After all, He is the Spirit of Holiness! From the letters of the Apostle Paul to the saints in the early Church, we discover that he wrote to them about the fellowship of the Holy Spirit. Notice what he wrote in this verse:
“The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and THE COMMUNION OF THE HOLY SPIRIT be with you all.” 2 Corinthians 13:14 NKJV (emphasis mine).
The Greek word, used by the Paul here, is the word “koinonia.” In this text it is translated “communion,” which is one of several ways this word can be translated. It can also be translated as “fellowship,” “partnership,” or “sharing.” We will look at all of these aspects, because each one of them gives us a picture of what it means to fellowship with the Holy Spirit.
Years ago, as I was meditating on this Scripture, the Holy Spirit showed me something about this verse. He showed me that it was the fellowship OF the Holy Spirit. In other words, it is the Holy Spirit who desires to have fellowship with us. HE is the One who wants to be in a deep, intimate relationship with US! He is the One who is calling us to spend time with Him, and get to know Him!
The first key to fellowshipping with the Holy Spirit is to spend time with Him. In fact, it is vital to spend a lot of time with Him, if you really want to get to know Him. It is in this time alone with Him, that you begin to discover His presence, and learn to hear His voice. He is the teacher and you are His student, so be sure to come before Him with an open Bible. That is one thing He loves so much – the Word of God. After all, He is the author of it!
Looking at this text that I used, I like the word “communion,” because you cannot have communion with the Holy Spirit without communication. You speak to Him, and He will speak to you. Yes, you can speak to the Holy Spirit. He is God, and He wants you to speak to Him, as you would speak with your best friend. He will speak back to you and draw you into a deeper and closer relationship with Him.
Next this word can be translated “partnership.” In everything you do for the Lord, He wants to do it with you. He will impart to you all the knowledge and wisdom and understanding you need, and He will show you how to serve God to the best of your ability.
When it comes to partnership, He is the senior partner, and you are the junior partner. He is the boss! Let Him be the boss! He is the One who tells you where you should go, and what you should do next. He leads, you follow – every time. It is so important to learn to recognize His voice, and obey it!
Finally, the word “koinonia” can be translated “sharing.” Simply put, we share our life together. That is why it is so important to spend time with Him – to get to know Him. He wants us to share our life with Him, to listen to Him and obey Him. And He wants us to minister with Him to others. He will show us who He wants us to minister to and how to do it. Isn’t that wonderful? If you haven’t started sharing every aspect of your life with Him already, start today.
You are holy, dear saint!
Next week we will look at: Bless And Curse Not
This is Day Ten of a series on The Life of A Saint, a 31-day devotional.