Richard Rohr – The Christian and the Spirit

A Christian is someone who is animated by the Spirit of Christ, a person in whom the Spirit of Christ can work. That doesn’t have to mean that you consciously know what you are doing, or that you even have to know. As Paul said to the Athenians, “You have been worshiping ‘the Unknown God’ without even knowing it” (Acts 17:23).

Then again in Matthew 25, the dead say, “When have we seen you hungry? When have we seen you thirsty?” and the Eternal Christ says, “Because you did it for these little ones, you did it for me.” They did not know, consciously; they just did what they were inspired to do.

It never depends upon whether we say the right words, but whether we live the right reality. It is rather clear to me in my old age that the Spirit gets most of Her work done by stealth and disguise, and not just by those who say, “Lord, Lord!”

Adapted from Simplicity, p. 157

Break through my closed door, O God.

Author: DanutM

Anglican theologian. Former Director for Faith and Development Middle East and Eastern Europe Region of World Vision International

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