How we answer the above question tells a lot about our knowledge of God, especially The Holy Spirit.
From the beginning of the Early Church on the Day of Pentecost to this day Ministers of God have taken a great deviation from the role given by Jesus Christ to His disciples. The key commandment was that they would be His witnesses (Acts 1:8).
What does this mean? A witness testifies of first hand account of personal experiences with the one who he testifies about. Any other testimonies from secondary sources are inadmissible even in our natural accounts of witnessing. This means that the primary role of a Minister of God is to share with the world and the church his personal encounter and experiences with Christ. This is what primarily makes one a witness of Jesus Christ.
What of this dispensation of the Holy Spirit? We are to experience the Holy Spirit, know Him deeper and share our experiences with the Church and the World. Our personal experiences with the Holy Spirit will lead us to the depths and mysteries of Jesus Christ.
So what would we say to the Church?? Christianity has never been and will never be a Religion. Christianity is a Relational Faith between a Believer and Jesus Christ through the Holy Spirit. Religion kills relationships by giving birth to ordinances and liturgies which takes away the personal intimate part of fellowship with God from a believer leaving him with a servitude kind of state guided by a set of rules and orders on how man should deal with God.
So many of us believers today have looked at the errors done by the Church for the past two thousand years and have been seeking to correct the errors of the church through True Worship in Spirit and Truth. But what does this mean? And aren’t we just trying to replace a ‘WRONG’ Christian Religion with a ‘RIGHT’ Christian Religion??
Why do I say this? It’s because we still miss the point and meaning of being witnesses of Jesus Christ as the Church. The dictionary meaning of Witness is ‘one who Beholds’ or ‘is Cognizant of’ or ‘has personal knowledge of’ a person, event or thing. If our Witness of Jesus Christ doesn’t fit the above description then we’ve got our role as believers very wrong.
Now, back to our original question, if our encounter with the Holy Spirit is not on a personal and intimate friendship level then we need to review our Christian walk. Christianity is all about Family and Relationships;- Let’s not make it like a Work Place affair between Employer and Employee, or like a Club affair between club members (which most Churches do).
Let’s have a close, personal, intimate relationship with the Holy Spirit more, that we may know God more on a personal level and share Him with the World.