A Floodlight Ministry
Do you sometimes feel like no one pays attention to you? Or, perhaps no one notices you? Well, you are not alone. The Holy Spirit has been referred to by some as the forgotten person of the Trinity. The reality is that we don't think about the Holy Spirit as often as we do God the Son (Jesus) or God the Father. Why is this?
One well-known theologian, J.I. Packer, compared the ministry of the Holy Spirit to that of a floodlight. The purpose of a floodlight is to shine a light on a building–making it visible in the darkness. The floodlight itself, however, remains hidden; it is not the central focus. In the same way, the Holy Spirit remains largely hidden in Scripture (of course He is there, just less visible). Like a floodlight, the Holy Spirit shines a light on the Savior, Jesus Christ. That's His role, a floodlight ministry.
As Christians, we have this same Holy Spirit within us. His ministry within us is to make Christ known first to ourselves and then others. In this way, the Holy Spirit strengthens our faith in Christ and emboldens our witness about that same Christ. This is good news because it means that God is with us in the midst of our brokenness. He is also there to strengthen our witness and testimony, and embolden us to step out in faith.
“O Holy Spirit, descend plentifully into my heart. Enlighten the dark corners of this neglected dwelling and scatter there Thy cheerful beams.” – St. Augustine
Prayers of the Early Church, edited by J. Manning Potts