John 14:17

“…even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells in you and will be in you.”-John 14:17

The Spirit of truth, the precious third member of the Trinity, was called the “shy member of the Trinity” by theologian Frederick Buechner.[1] He is ever present, yet unseen. Jesus wanted his disciples to know that the Spirit of God is the Spirit of truth, who would be there to remind them about what is true about God, the world, and themselves, indeed truth itself. The Spirit of God is the most real thing about each of us, but sometimes it is hard to believe because he often seems distant and even absent.

Jesus told them that although the world cannot know the Spirit because they have no experience with him, it is not true for those who follow Jesus. We have witnessed the work of the Spirit through Jesus and in our own lives.  The Spirit dwells in us, but so often our minds are bombarded by competing messages, mixed emotions, and unchecked busyness that we fail to hear him whisper.

Jesus, you tell me that your Holy Spirit dwells in me and that he is always with me, but I need to be honest and say that I often don’t experience the Spirit’s presence. I confess my busyness, knowing that it is a blockade to hearing you. Grant me an undivided heart, O LORD.[2] Amen.


[1] Buechner, Holy Spirit—Shy Member of the Trinity, Wipf and Stock, 1984

[2] Psalm 86

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