Sometimes you meet someone and there is just an instant connection. My father has talked of this with other Viet Nam Vets. Just knowing you faced the same enemy in the same era of time… instantly bonds you as if you’ve known each other for some time. A common shared experience has a way of instantly triggering in your mind that some of the same issues you have dealt with… they too have dealt with. I get this any time I meet another Foster or Adoptive parent. I just instantly know that there’s something that binds us.
As a Christian, this also happens anytime I meet another born again believer. We could have absolutely nothing else in common but having the Holy Spirit in common creates an instant connection that transcends earthly experiences. This connection is natural because of the presences of the Holy Spirit in both of you. It’s also Biblical.
The first such recorded event occurred when Jesus Himself was still in the womb. In fact, Mary was just barely pregnant (not even yet visible). “And when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the baby leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit, and she exclaimed with a loud cry, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! And why is this granted to me that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For behold, when the sound of your greeting came to my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy.” (Luke 1:41-44)
In the case of Elizabeth, she became filled with the Holy Spirit at that moment. Her baby (a miracle from God, foretold by Gabriel, who would eventually prepare God’s people for Jesus) instantly knew they were in the presence of the Lord (even if only weeks in the womb). The flesh of Jesus may have only been weeks after conception but the Spirit in Him was as old as time itself, and John felt that presence.
When one who is filled with the Holy Spirit, comes into the presence of another who is also filled with the Holy Spirit, there is a connection. Each of us has a varying level of discernment, able to sense the prompting of the Spirit at different levels. Some have strong enough discernment they know it without a word. Others can begin to sense it as a conversation develops. But in either case, once that connection is made (we both have the Holy Spirit), you instantly know there are at least some common bonds that you share.
When you connect with someone else with the Holy Spirit, rejoice. You are in the presence of a fellow heir to the kingdom. More importantly, when you are in the presence of one who has yet to experience the Spirit, rejoice in your opportunity to share that joy with them. Afterall, perhaps that is why the Spirit led you to that connection in the first place.
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