In today’s Gospel reading, the scribes accused Jesus of being possessed by an unclean spirit. They attributed His mighty works to an unclean spirit, instead of the Holy Spirit.
The scribes who had come from Jerusalem said, “He is possessed by Beelzebul,” and “By the prince of demons he drives out demons.” — Mark 3:22
It is ironic because the ones who knew the commandments of God given to Moses, those who were learned were the very ones who did not recognize the Holy Spirit working in Jesus.
But let us ask ourselves, do we really know or understand the role of the Holy Spirit in our lives? Or are we like the scribes who didn’t really know how the Holy Spirit worked in the life of Jesus and of others?
In order to truly understand how God works in our lives, it is helpful to first understand who He truly is.
We can enthrone God on our praises by proclaiming His countless roles in our lives. But in a nutshell (a very small nutshell), His three main roles in our lives are:
- Father — Our Creator who loves us and wishes for us to be with Him for eternity.
- Son — Our Savior and Redeemer who saved us from sin and from its consequences, revealed to us who God truly is, our Father, and showed us the way to eternal life with the Father as His children.
- Holy Spirit — Our Sanctifier through Whom God works His mighty deeds.
It is through the Holy Spirit that Jesus was able to heal the sick, cast out demons, and perform His miracles.
That’s why it is only by asking God for His Holy Spirit that we are able to live like Jesus. It is only through the Holy Spirit that we can allow God to work in and through us. It is only through the Holy Spirit that our faith can bear fruit.
If you want to have everything you need in your journey to eternal life with the Father, ask Him for the Holy Spirit.
“If you then, who are wicked, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the Father in heaven give the holy Spirit to those who ask him?” — Luke 11:13
With the Holy Spirit, God will also equip us with what we need to be His witnesses, disciples, and followers such as courage, faith, wisdom, understanding, strength, and humility:
“But you will receive power when the holy Spirit comes upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, throughout Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” — Acts 1:8
Finally, with the Holy Spirit, we will be able to experience the true joy and peace that the world can never give us, but only God can:
In contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. — Galatians 5:22
Are these not what we are seeking for in our lives? Are these not what many people are desperately searching for, only in the wrong places?
Let us ask for and receive the Holy Spirit.