The Spirit of Truth

Dear Truth Seekers,

If you love me, you will keep my commandments.And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate,to be with you forever. This is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, because he abides with you, and he will be in you. John 14:15-17

The “spirit of truth” it seems is something all followers of Jesus crave. On Sunday we celebrate the power of the Holy Spirit (Pentecost) and celebrate our high school seniors.

Last week one of my mentors from afar, Dallas Willard, died. I pray that the Holy Spirit lifts up mentors to be with our graduates on the journey forward.

I hope they live in the Grace of God.

“Grace is not opposed to effort, it is opposed to earning. Earning is an attitude. Effort is an action. Grace, you know, does not just have to do with forgiveness of sins alone.”
~Dallas Willard, The Great Omission: Reclaiming Jesus’s Essential Teachings on Discipleship

May they recognize true heroes.

The world can no longer be left to mere diplomats, politicians, and business leaders. They have done the best they could, no doubt. But this is an age for spiritual heroes—a time for men and women to be heroic in their faith and in spiritual character and power. The greatest danger to the Christian church today is that of pitching its message too low.”
~Dallas Willard, The Spirit of the Disciplines: Understanding How God Changes Lives

Removed from parental management may they make good choices.

“What a child does when not told what to do is the final indicator of what and who that child is.” ~Dallas Willard

May they rest into happiness.

“Happiness in reality consists only in rest, and not in being stirred up. This instinct conflicts with the drive to diversion, and we develop the confused idea that leads people to aim at rest through excitement.” ~Dallas Willard

Allow the kingdom of God to break forth in prayer.

“Kingdom praying and its efficacy is entirely a matter of the innermost heart’s being totally open and honest before God. It is a matter of what we are saying with our whole being, moving with resolute intent and clarity of mind into the flow of God’s action.” ~Dallas Willard, The Diving Conspiracy: Rediscovering Our Hidden Life in God

Remember that to be ordinary is enough.

“[Jesus] matters because of what he brought and what he still brings to ordinary human beings, living their ordinary lives and coping daily with their surroundings. He promises wholeness for their lives. In sharing our weaknesses he gives us strength and imparts through his companionship a life that has the quality of eternity.” (Dallas Willard in Ruthless Trust – Brennan Manning)” ~ Dallas Willard, The Divine Conspiracy: Rediscovering Our Hidden Life in God

Finally, to our graduates, I say be mentored in the love of Jesus.

“Jesus, Willard says,’ does not call us to do what he did, but to be as he was, permeated with love. Then the doing of what he did and said becomes the natural expression of who we are in him.” ~Dallas Willard, The Divine Conspiracy: Rediscovering Our Hidden Life in God

To live in the truth of Christ is to be blessed.

My thanks go out to my departed mentor from afar, Dallas Willard. Blessed be his memory among us. Let us give thanks to Jesus for the mentors Christ has blessed us with far and near. May the Holy Spirit hear your prayers and introduce all high school graduates (of any age) to mentors and prodigies that faith thrives now and forever.

Still in One Peace,

Pastor David J. Jensen

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