Scripture: John 14:15-31
Observation: After Jesus tells his disciples that he will soon be leaving them, he promises that the Holy Spirit, the Advocate, will come and live inside of them He reinforces his connection and commitment to the Father.
Application: I’ve known my husband for over ten years, and during that time, I’ve bought him a lot of gifts – sweatshirts and watches and shoes and DVDs (back when those were still a thing people wanted). The only issue? I’m a terrible gift giver. I try my best, but most of our Christmases go like this –
Me: “Here you go!”
Husband: (Opens gift) “Oh, thanks…”
Me: “Do you like it?”
Husband: “Um, yeah it was a good try.” (Code for: “This sucks but I’m trying not to make you cry on Christmas.” He’s kind like that.)
Fast forward six months later –
Me: “Why don’t you ever wear/use/do that thing I bought you for Christmas?”
Husband: “Because it was terrible.”
Gift giving just isn’t my love language, so LET ME BE. You do you, and I’ll do me. (Me = frantically trying to find Andy the ‘perfect’ gift four days before Christmas, knowing that it definitely won’t be perfect and eventually just giving in and buying him a gift card to Nike.com. Wife of the year, right here.)
Thankfully, Jesus left his disciples with a much better gift than a puke-colored sweatshirt and outdated DVDs. (Yes, both of these are real-life gift blunders of mine. I’m hopeless.)
When he prepared to physically leave this earth, he made sure he didn’t leave them with nothing. Instead, he gave them one of the greatest gifts they would ever receive:
“’And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, who will never leave you. He is the Holy Spirit who leads into all truth.’” (v. 16)
While Jesus would no longer be physically present, his Spirit would sustain his presence among the disciples – and eventually to everyone included in the family of faith. (Spoiler alert: that’s us!)
“’I am leaving you with a gift – peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift that the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.’” (v. 27)
If Jesus were standing in front of you today, what would you do? Ask him for help? Healing? Peace amidst the chaos? Truth to navigate a hard situation? Guidance in a relationship? Encouragement in a season of doubt?
Jesus knew he wouldn’t be with us forever – but he refused to leave us alone. He sent His Spirit – an extraordinary, everyday helper – to provide healing, guidance, encouragement, hope, long after his physical body left this earth.
So, look inside.
The Spirit of God is living inside of you, guiding you into truth, providing peace, radiating hope – just as Jesus himself would if he was standing in front of you today.
Extend an invitation. This is a gift worth receiving.
Prayer: God, I invite the Holy Spirit into my life just as I would invite you if you stood in front of me today. I pray I could lean on your power, your guidance, your strength. Amen.