When we think about the wonderful work of the Holy Spirit of God, it is sometimes good to think of it in terms of stickiness. My friend, life’s a story, stayed tuned for more on This Passing Day.
It takes a special hand to deal with glue! Some are born to handle the sticky and others not. I am one of the latter lot. While, like most men, I find the physical properties of most binders intriguing, in that there are few occupations more rewarding than being able to repair the unrepairable with a simple dab of glue, I have always belonged to the class of men of aspire to glue but are not able to truly work with it.
There are two endemic problems with glue that tend to keep me from grabbing the tube with utmost confidence. First, glue is sticky and I simply don’t like sticky things. Ever since childhood I have had a deep uneasiness with fingers that stick together or patches of itchy glue dried upon my knuckles. I remember once trying to glue together the pieces of a very nice model car that I had received for Christmas and, to my utter disappointment, ending up with something that could not be painted nor displayed because I had glue blotches in places not called for in the directions. I believe that my inherent problem with glue stems from the fact that by nature I possess a level of impatience that is anathema to the glu- ing process. Someone worthy of the title “Keeper of the Glue Gun”, must possess patience and, above all else, a steady hand and the willingness to get a bit of it on ones hands. In that respect I am lacking on both accounts.
When we think about the wonderful work of the Holy Spirit of God, it is sometimes good to think of it in terms of sticki- ness. It is the Spirit that binds us to Christ. Although we view the Spirit in terms of tongues of flame descending down upon His disciples on that first Pentecost, I like to think of it in terms of stickiness. The Holy Spirit, the “Super Glue” that bound those first Christians to one another and to Christ, is still working at his “binding” ministry today––in our hearts and lives. Even though Jesus was gone, arisen into heaven and for the first time in years not present with His dis- ciples, something was granted them nonetheless that pulled them tightly back, binding them to the love of Christ. It was the “Holy Grail” of all Super Glues, the Holy Spirit of God.
What is this “glue” He uses? It is none other than the love of Christ. This is the binding agent that no earthly philosophi- cal solvent can destroy. Once so bound by His love, a bond is formed that not Satan, the world or our flesh can destroy. Thus bound, we become one with Him, in His suffering and in His glory. Martin Luther writes, “And as Christ, our Head, prays, so also must we who cleave to Him pray that He may be glorified in us.” (Sermons on John xvi-xx)
I know that I will never be master of the glue tube. It is my fate, I guess. I will continue to go through life spot-gluing stuff that should probably be bonded on two sides and then held in place until that bond is completely dry. How thankful we ought to be that God is not like that. He saw our need for binding from before the beginning of time. He knew that, as sinful believers, we would need repair because of the damage that sin had done to the original bonds that He had cre- ated in Adam and in Eve. Sin broke those bonds and left all mankind in disrepair. But God’s “Super-Glue,” the Holy Spirit, proved to be just the right binding agent to fix that problem. I am thankful that God didn’t mind getting some of it on His hands; that He had the eternal patience to apply it perfectly even when we were not content to sit still and let Him fix our broken lives. Blest be the tie that binds!
We pray. Heavenly Father, You have taught us to place ourselves before you every day as a vessel to be filled with your Holy Spirit. Life is full of things that pull us away from you, tipping over that vessel and threatening us with a lost state without you. Fill us up today with your Spirit. Make it stick to us like glue so that no matter how the world and our flesh pull on us, they can never pull us away from you. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!
“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own” (Matt 6:34)
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