“The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. Amen.” 2 Corinthians 13:14
We hadn’t been married very long, at least a few months but not much more, when Cheryl and I had a bit of a spat. I don’t remember what led to the argument, in fact, I barely remember the argument at all. What has lingered with me over the years was one sentence that Cheryl said as part of the exchange, “I don’t know what you expect from me.” And this wasn’t directed toward a specific situation. It was addressing our relationship in general.
For the most part, Cheryl is very clear about what she expects from me and anyone else that’s part of our household. I, however, being a middle child, learned quite young that there wasn’t room for anyone to really care very much for what I might want to expect from family relationships; so my way has been to try and not have expectations of others and just adapt myself to whatever situation is present. This difference in relational strategies is a big part of what led to that conflict early in our marriage. It’s very difficult to know what to do if you don’t what is expected.
The same is true with our relationship with God. What is expected of us? What can we expect from God? Our focus text names three things that we can expect from God: grace from Jesus, love from the Father, and communion from the Spirit. Space doesn’t allow me to talk about all three gifts so, since I’ve been focusing on the Holy Spirit for the last several weeks I stick with him.
Communion is a close relationship or fellowship shared with another person. This is what we need from the Holy Spirit. Every other blessing we’re to receive from him can only come from intimate fellowship with him. If we’re to ever see Jesus face to face or stand blameless before the Father’s throne we need communion with the Holy Spirit today. He’ll take the time to hear what we need to say, to show us what we need to know, to strengthen us for what we have to bear, and to deliver us from what would overwhelm us. What we need from God. What we’ve always needed since the day we were created is time, fellowship and intimacy. The Holy Spirit will give that to us everyday if we’ll accept it.