We find Jesus as we explore each gift that the Holy Spirit brings and gives to explain and define Him. All other definitions are pale beside the core definitions such as love, creator, joy, peace, power, beauty and kindness. From these foundations of definitive character we soon attach the human element of understanding and participation. We go to words like friend, shepherd, brother, teacher, guardian, priest, and such, to frame the Holy gifts into terms in which we can humanly relate (i.e., the shepherd of love, the man of peace, the Son over the house, etc.).
In our life of order and discipline with its various ideas and practices, and whether alone or with others, what must come out as the result of time in the disciplines, is Holy Spirit gifts asked for and received. All else is futile muttering and self-satisfying postures. When the gifts are given and received then a ‘work of God’ is being formed in the recipients. A work of God is anything that brings back, or starts to bring back, anything and anyone to the original condition. Only Holy Spirit gifts have such potential. Giving a cup of cold water or restoring a pristine river, offering redemption from sin or from child abuse and any such processes of turning evil and ugly into good and beauty, Holy Spirit gifts do this work.
“But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.” Jesus