Lord, may Your Spirit fall afresh on me today as I worship You.
Read John 14:15–27
15 “If you love me, keep my commands. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. 18 I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. 19 Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. 20 On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. 21 Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them.”
22 Then Judas (not Judas Iscariot) said, “But, Lord, why do you intend to show yourself to us and not to the world?”
23 Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. 24 Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.
25 “All this I have spoken while still with you. 26 But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. 27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
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ReflectHow have you experienced the work of God’s Spirit according to this passage?
I love the question of Judas (not Iscariot) in verse 22 of today’s reading, don’t you? How selfless it is! Jesus had just promised his disciples a special comforter and guide, and instead of treasuring this gift to himself, Judas immediately asked, “Why not for everyone else?”
These men still didn’t understand one of the great mysteries of God—that he wanted to use them—and wants to use us—to reveal himself to the world!
Sometimes our friends’ eyes can seem blinded to what seems obvious to us. Like Judas, we often think, “If only they could see Jesus, then they’d understand and follow him.” But remember, of all the hundreds of people whom Jesus saw and spoke to, even after his resurrection, by the time of the day of Pentecost, the dedicated believers numbered only 120 (Acts 1:15). After the coming of the Spirit, “about three thousand were added to their number” (Acts 2:41).
God has sent his Spirit so that the world might see his Son through us. What an incredible privilege!
Think of someone in your life who needs to know Jesus. How can you show Jesus to him or her this week?
Lord, thank You for the wonderful gift of Your Spirit. Please help me to rely on him more deeply every day.