Jn.3:8 – The wind blows where it wishes and you hear the sound of it, but do not know where it comes from and where it is going; so is everyone who is born of the Spirit.
This picture of the Holy Spirit painted by the Lord Himself portrays the mysterious nature of the Holy Spirit. Jesus reminded us that every part of creation points to the Master Artist, all of His works point to Him. The wind reminds us of the mystique that the Holy Spirit embodies. Notice something Jesus said in this verse “so is everyone who is born of the Spirit”. Is He saying what I think He is saying? It sounds like some of the mystery of the Wind actually gets on us. We too begin to carry the supernatural mystery of the other world on us; that’s why we don’t quite fit in and are called peculiar. We love different things and we have different priorities and goals than the people of the world, the wind seems to take us into a different way of life. Here is how Maclaren describes it.
“The world does not know where that Christian life comes from. If you are a Christian, you ought to bear in your character a certain indefinable something that will suggest to the people round you that the secret power of your life is other than the power which moulds theirs. You may be naturalized, and you may speak fairly well the language of the country in which you are a sojourner, but there ought to be something in your accent which tells where you come from, and betrays the foreigner. We ought to move amongst men, having about us that which cannot be explained by what is enough to explain their lives. A Christian life should be the manifestation to the world of the supernatural. They ‘know not whence it cometh nor whither it goeth.’”
It was the anointing of the Spirit that separated the early church from the world. It’s hard to put a label on it (they still try really hard) but the supernatural nature of the Spirit in our lives just makes us stand out. To some it is attractive, to others it is repulsive and offensive. Once we have come under the influence of the Wind of God it becomes nearly impossible to go back to the other world.