As a family, we really enjoy spending time together with friends. I am so thankful to God for how He has knitted my family together with other families and I pray that my readers receive that same blessing. One night we were over to a couple’s house for dinner. While we were around the table eating, me, my wife and the husband were all engrossed in conversation about work projects, college teaching, ministry work, technology … You name it. The husband is really gifted in all things technological. My wife and I aren’t! So we take every opportunity to learn from him and my wife said to him something to effect of, “How do I repay you?” Meaning, what do I bring to the friendship? Then she said jokingly, “Well, I guess if you’re ever in need of an educational consultant – I’m your guy … Or better yet, being married to a retired police officer I can offer you a get-out-of-jail-free card.” We all laughed. This all sparked his wife to join in and say, “My husband and you guys are all so gifted and talented, but I’m just average. There is nothing about me that stands out.” That’s when I stepped in, I mean when the Holy Spirit in me stepped in, and I said, “You are the glue that binds.” She gave me a puzzled look so I went on to explain that she was the one who orchestrated this whole evening of hospitality and fellowship. She was kind of like the glue that keeps us together as friends. The interesting thing about glue is that it’s powerful but invisible … Think of all the things that have glue holding it together but you can’t see the glue. You might even forget that it’s there.
I spent the rest of the evening and the days following thinking about that phrase, the glue that binds us together, and how the ultimate glue that binds is the Holy Spirit. What came to me is that the Holy Spirit binds the heart of every true believer in Christ. And, the Holy Spirit not only binds, but He supports and guides every believer to walk in the truth. When you think of glue, what’s the first word that pops into your mind? STICKY! Aren’t you glad that the Holy Spirit is sticky and sticks with us through thick and thin?
2 Corinthians 4:8-12 For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,”made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ. But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that his life may also be revealed in our mortal body. So then, death is at work in us, but life is at work in you.
Paul’s description of the Holy Spirit is wonderfully put. Let me give you a bit of history from the preceding Bible verses. Paul points out that the ministry he had been given by God was through mercy. For this reason, we’re not to loose heart. In fact, we’re to renounced sinful ways. Paul did not employ deception or twist the word of God, instead he make it’s truth’s plain with a clear conscience in the sight of God. Paul wanted every believer to know that the Holy Spirit is a seal of the promise of the hope of glory to come through his indwelling in these earthen vessels. Paul acknowledges the struggle he had being clothed in his present vessel and not that he desired death in the sense of longing for death, but Paul desire to be with The Lord. He knew the assurance of the Holy Spirit in that when death did come he would be clothed in a glorified body, one that would not decay but last forever. We have not yet been glorified, yet God has given us his Holy Spirit as his assurance that we are able to overcome all the lust of the flesh by walking in the Spirit.
All this thinking about glue reminded me of the small wooden mantel I built for our gas fireplace in our dinning room. I had to nail and glue server pieces of wood together to produce a tight bond and then I had to wait twenty-four hours for the glue to dry before I could continue working on the mantel. The next day, I discovered that glue had ooze out onto the wood surface. It would not peel off no matter how hard I tried. Finally, I had to use sandpaper on the surface and even after the glue was removed it still left an impression from where the glue was removed. Christians, just imagine, Jesus has given each of us His comforter- the Holy Spirit- and and we can’t peel or sand it off if we tried. Just like the glue on my wooden mantel, the Holy Spirit is our tight bond who leaves an impression for all the world to take notice of Jesus who sealed us with the promise that He’ll never leave a true believer.