The church father Irenaeus described the Son and the Spirit as the right hand and left hand of God, hugging us toward our heart's true home.
We are like spiritual salmon swimming upstream. There is something built into us that compels us homeward. Often, however, this powerful instinct is projected onto lesser destinations. Like the relationship between our biological parents.
It is easy to understand the confusion. This relationship brought us into earthly existence. For a child, the whole world revolves around this relationship. If the parents love each other, the child's world is secure. If not, the child's world is shattered.
But our heart's true home is the relationship between the Father and Son through the Bond of the Holy Spirit. And this eternal relationship is where we truly belong. Forever.
So how do we most effectively help others as we swim upstream together? Do we have a map or guide?
STRENGTH FOR THE JOURNEY
I believe we do. And it was given to us by Jesus Himself. It was His Last Will and Testament to us. Our focus for swimming upstream. The words of the Word before heading home.
"All authority on heaven and earth has been given to me. Therefore, as you are going make disciples of all the ethnic groups, immersing them into the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I will be with you always, to the very end of the age" (Matthew 28:18-20).