January 12, 2020: God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit #ECJOF

January 12, 2020: God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit #ECJOF

January 15, 2020 0 By William Hollis


Hello, and welcome to “Exploring Christianity
– A Journey of Faith”. In this video, I want to share my relationship
with God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. This is not one of those “did a lot of research,
consulted scholarly works, and here is my attempt at giving you the facts” type of
videos. I just want to share my personal experience
and to hopefully hear about yours. I also want to say that I don’t think it
is actually all that important to figure out the distinctions between God, Jesus, and the
Holy Spirit in their relationships with us. They are the Godhead three in one. If it works best for you to focus on the “one”
instead of the “three”, by all means do so. For me, personally, I have gained some insight
that is helpful to me in growing closer to God in considering the three persons of God
individually. If this is not the case for you, then by all
means keep doing what is best for you. This topic is one that I have thought about,
off and on, basically since I first became a Christian in my late thirties. Early on, I was very uptight about doing things
“right”. I did not yet really know God’s forgiving
love or see how Jesus’ yolk is easy. One of the things that stressed me was who
I was supposed to pray to. In the Lord’s prayer, it is clear we are
praying to God the Father, but in my church at the time I heard people praying to Jesus. When I researched it, I found that people
had strong but different opinions about it. After a time, I decided that God in all God’s
persons were not going to hold it against me if I got it wrong, and would simply forward
the prayer-mail to the right person. Early on in my Christian journey, I felt a
relationship with God, but not so much the other persons of the Trinity. I was aware of God’s amazing greatness and
I worshipped God as the creator and sustainer of all things. When I thought about Jesus, I mostly just
felt guilty. I remember hearing a song where the singer
referred to Jesus as her best friend. I was floored by this. Jesus was like God – too huge and holy and
divine to be a friend! And I didn’t get the Holy Spirit at all,
but no one talked much about that person of the Trinity, so I figured I could get away
with doing the same. Things sure have changed since then. I now feel that I have a deep, interconnected
yet distinct, relationship with each of the persons of the Trinity. I was trying to think of an analogy that would
help explain these relationships for me. Since I work in corporate America, my thinking
went that route. While the analogy is very flawed, I think
there is some value in it. I see God as the founder and CEO of the company
that I work for. God created the company and established the
mission and the vision. God sets the big picture going forward plan
and strategy. God personally does all the hiring and establishes
the role and goals for each employee, and identifies what capabilities they need to
have to succeed. God is a very hands-on CEO, and has an open-door
policy. I can always come to God for guidance, encouragement,
or questions, but I come to God with and through my direct manager, Jesus, mostly. Jesus sets the example for me of how to best
align myself to the company objectives. While it is true that He is above me in the
organization, He does not make that be a barrier to keep me at a distance. He demonstrates in every way that He is on
my side, in my court, rooting for me, and that He sincerely and deeply cares about my
well-being. While it is not something many people can
pull off successfully, He is both fully my superior and also fully my friend. He is eager to spend hours talking with me
about my short-term goals and struggles, offering suggestions and guidance. The Holy Spirit is my personal work coach. The Holy Spirit understands the long-term
career goals that God has established for me, and is constantly working to get me there. The Holy Spirit carefully examines everything
I do, and determines where I need to grow or change. The Holy Spirit is constantly placing tasks
in front of me that will accomplish these goals. The Holy Spirit offers me encouragement, when
that’s what I need, and a swift kick in the fanny to get me moving, when that’s
what I need. Like a fitness coach, the Holy Spirit will
push me as hard as I will allow, but it’s all for my own good. The Holy Spirit works so closely with me in
everything I do that it is easy to forget they are even there, but there is nothing
I do that they aren’t part of. So, again this is just what works for me and
I am not saying this is what you should do, I connect with God when I am in thankful awe
of the amazing world God has created and when I am trying to understand God’s plan and
how I fit into it. I come to God for forgiveness when I fall
short of God’s vision for me. I come to Jesus when I don’t know where
to go or what to do. I bring him my joys and dreams, frustrations
and sorrows. He offers me guidance, inspiration, and love. He truly is my best friend. When I walk in the morning, I pretend that
I am holding His hand. While I don’t talk much with the Holy Spirit
directly, I have learned to recognize the Holy Spirit’s actions in my life and the
way I am being molded. When I recognize something that’s holding
me back, I may pray directly to the Holy Spirit to change me. I try to listen to the Holy Spirit’s quiet
voice and follow the Holy Spirit’s gentle nudge, to remain open to and cooperate with
the changes that the Holy Spirit is bringing about in me. I sometimes picture the Holy Spirit as a loving
cocoon that surrounds me and nourishes me, and that is slowly transforming me into something
new and beautiful. My relationship, awareness of, and appreciation
of the Holy Spirit continues to deepen. What insights do you have to offer about the
persons of the Trinity? What can you share with us about your relationship
with them?