A week ago today, I was preparing to speak to our students for their Wednesday night teaching time for Chris, as he was out of town. The passage of scripture I took them through was John 14. Some call this passage “the farewell discourse” from Jesus to His disciples.
The majority of this passage is Jesus’ words and, as usual, He says a lot of really good things for us to consider.
As I reflect even further on this passage this week, one thing has stayed with me more than the rest: The Holy Spirit.
In the section from verse 15 to the end of the chapter, Jesus promises the Holy Spirit to His disciples. One question that kept coming to mind as I studied and shared with the students was, “Does my everyday faith reflect the fact that I have the Holy Spirit?”
Jesus calls him our helper, the spirit of truth which the world cannot know. He says he dwells within and will not leave a disciple. He says in verse 26, that in a true disciple’s life, the Holy Spirit, who the Father will send in Jesus’ name, will teach all things and bring to remembrance all that Jesus has said.
This is a huge deal to a disciple of Christ. Being a Christ follower comes with a commission so great as to require a little divine help. Jesus tells us that we have been granted that very help.
When we study the scripture each day, we can have the Holy Spirit help us understand what we read and apply to our lives. When we share the gospel in our world, we have the Holy Spirit to help us find the words to say and to convince men of their own sin, drawing them to Himself. There is a great freedom in obedience. It’s not only up to us and our own power. Jesus just wants us to be obedient, and he promises us this eternal helper to do so.
Maybe we should evaluate our effectiveness for the Kingdom and use the words of Jesus in John 14 to see what Jesus expects from us. We can find encouragement and a great challenge in this passage.
Let us remember that a true believer has the Holy Spirit, with us, so we can approach each day with a boldness for the Kingdom.
In Christ alone,