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We all recognize the indispensable value of natural resources. As Christians, we count the natural resources of this earth among the blessings God showers on us. They are part of His answer to our prayer "give us this day our daily bread."
God also gives us unnatural resources. That is, He provides resources that aren't a part of our natural world and that we could not discover using our natural knowledge or intellect. We can draw on these unnatural resources and, unlike natural resources, these gifts of God can never be exhausted.
The greatest of the unnatural resources God gives is Himself in the person and work of the Holy Spirit. In John 14 Jesus called the Spirit our Helper, Advocate, and Counselor (actually, He used only one word, but it can be translated into English in a variety of ways). Jesus went on to promise that the Spirit lives with us and in us.
The Holy Spirit is "unnatural" because the Spirit comes from outside our nature. The Spirit is the ultimate resource for our lives in Christ: the Spirit comforts us when we are in pain; the Spirit strengthens us when we are weak; and the Spirit encourages us in sharing Christ with the world.
As we experience the hardships and trials of this life, we draw on the resource of the Holy Spirit at work in us. The Holy Spirit was place in your heart at your Baptism and that same Spirit refreshes you every time you open God's Word or receive the Lord's Supper. Jesus also promised that the Holy Spirit is with you in an ongoing and consistent way.
May that same Spirit assure you of God's great love in Jesus Christ today, this minute, this second. God is faithful and He provides you with amazing resources, both natural and unnatural, to accomplish His work in you.
Pastor Dan Czaplewski