“I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth; for he will not speak on his own, but will speak whatever he hears, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. He will glorify me, because he will take what is mine and declare it to you. All that the Father has is mine. For this reason, I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you.
Reflect and Pray:
Today’s passage is another part of this last discourse Jesus shared with his disciples before his death. It is interesting to me that he understands, even if they don’t, that there are things they are going to need to know after he is gone. But, they simply aren’t ready to deal with, let alone understand them at that point. So, the Holy Spirit will come to guide them into his desires.
While the conversation about how we discern the will of God is a discussion that has taken up volumes, that discussion sometimes causes me to miss the point. It seems to me that as I move forward in my faith, I am challenged in my thinking, belief, and how I choose to live and act.
The disciples would have had no concept of the bubonic plague, the renaissance, the American revolution, the Civil War, apartheid, world war, chemical warfare, global warming, mental illness, the digital age, modern science or the whole issue of human sexuality. With that in mind, I believe that God’s Spirit speaks to us in a myriad of ways about our present world and experiences.
In 1 Corinthians Paul makes the comment that he gave the believers spiritual milk in that they weren’t ready for solid food. Sometimes it is easier to stay on the spiritual milk because eating, chewing and digesting spiritual food isn’t always easy.
I believe that we are called in this changing world to not avoid the conversations and struggles thinking the answer to every question has a simple answer. As a United Methodist I believe God’s spirit speaks to us and we are to use scripture, our ability to think and process (reason), our experience and our past to help us interpret the life of faith and belief today.
Think about a belief you had in the past which you no longer hold today. Or, think about something you believe today that you didn’t believe in the past.