God is present in our lives through the Holy Spirit. Jesus promised that when he returned to the Father he would send an advocate, a counselor, the Spirit of truth—the Holy Spirit—so we would never be alone (John 14:15-20; John 16:7-15).
He is with us always—comforting us, nurturing us, sustaining us, transforming us, equipping us, empowering us and gifting us to fulfill God’s purposes for the sake of the world (1 Corinthians 12:1-11). The Spirit calls, gathers, sanctifies and sends all believers while forming us into the church, the body of Christ, to be his hands and feet in the world.
The Holy Spirit forms us into one church with a common mission—to witness to the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. And let's be clear: it’s not our mission—it’s God’s. Of course, like the disciples we often can’t bear to hear Jesus’ words. We get overburdened by sin, grief, confusion, fear, pride, selfishness, pain, and expectations about how life is suppose to be. Life is messy—but, then again, Jesus never promised it would be easy. We have this nasty habit of taking our eyes off Jesus and focusing on the human trinity: “me, myself and I!”
So Jesus sends us the Holy Spirit and we step out in faith, trusting that we are never alone for "he lives with you and will be in you" (John 14:16-20).
"After John was put in prison, Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God. 'The time has come,' he said. 'The kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the good news!'" (Mark 1:14-15)
"As for you, continue in what you have learned and firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it, and how from childhood you have known the sacred writings that are able to instruct you for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus." (2 Timothy 3:14-15)
"For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God." (1 Corinthians 1:18)