April 30, 2015

Jesus:Our Internal Witness

I was probably eight year old when I learned a song with these lyrics in the chorus: 
Since Jesus came into my heart,
Since Jesus came into my heart,
Floods of joy o’er my soul like the sea billows roll,
Since Jesus came into my heart.
It wasn’t until many years later that I understood the significance of that simple children’s song that celebrates the Spirit of God that lives within each of us.

It was the Apostle Paul who understood that Jesus left us that Spirit as a permanent gift, a gift that Franciscan Friar Richard Rohr refers to as our “Internal Witness.”  The Spirit of Christ is “not out there” someplace. The Spirit is “within us.”

It has been suggested that, “The truth is what God says about a thing.” I believe that truth is revealed to us by the Holy Spirit that lives within us. I also believe that Spirit speaks to us and guides us through life. Some people listen to the voice and act accordingly. Some listen to a different voice. Some don’t listen.

A hymn titled I Serve the Risen Savior celebrates the Internal Witness that dwells within us. This is the chorus:
He lives, He lives, Christ Jesus lives today!
He walks with me and talks with me along life’s narrow way.
He lives, He lives, salvation to impart!
You ask me how I know He lives?
 He lives within my heart. 
”The Spirit joins with our spirit to bear common witness that we                                          are children   of God.”  
Romans 8:16