It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves but you, when they spoke of the things that have now been told you by those who have preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven. Even angels long to look into these things.”
1 Peter 1:12 NIV
A student was in the middle of intense conflict when I invited him and his mother to my office for a counseling meeting. During our conversation I wanted to make sure he had a relationship with Jesus. Near the end of my presentation he seemed unresponsive and I was about to change the dialogue.
I looked at the mother who had been listening intently. She had a pensive expression. I realized that the Holy Spirit had been talking to her the whole time I had been sharing with the son. I asked if she wanted to receive Jesus into her heart. She answered, “Yes!”
Peter recognized the relationship between our role in sharing the gospel and the impact of the Holy Spirit. There will be no fruit without the Holy Spirit’s involvement. But God’s plan anticipates that people are the primary communicators of the good news to others.
There can be great freedom when we learn to operate within the expected roles. This is also true when we realize that we are not responsible for a specific outcome.
Over the next few blog entries we will address specific ways that the Holy Spirit involves Himself in the gospel presentation. Today let’s be thankful for responding to His prodding to let Jesus into our own lives.
Blessings. Love y’all.