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The Gift of the Spirit

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The Gift of the Spirit

by Josh Caudill

"I will not leave you as orphans," Jesus promises his disciples in John 14:18.

It's an interesting rhetorical move for Jesus, for shortly after this, He clarifies that His promise is to send the Holy Spirit to dwell in the hearts of his followers. What does the word 'orphan' mean, anyway? An orphan is not just one who is generally left lost or unprotected. An orphan is, specifically, one without the guidance and care of parents. So why would Jesus' followers be like orphans in His absence unless, as He's tried to tell them, He is one with the Father.

But more than this, He assures them that the Holy Spirit will come to guide them, to father them, to serve as their helper.

The presence of the Spirit is the presence of God. This weekend, Redeemer Youth discussed the great assurance that comes from knowing this fact at our Disciple Now event. Jesus' disciples would soon face a great struggle, for their Christ would be executed, and they could no longer walk in His presence.

But Jesus promises something greater: no longer do His people walk side-by-side with the Lord, the Lord himself lives within.

Spend some time today reflecting on this fact. How ought one's life to look if this is true? I recall Jesus' words earlier in the chapter: "greater works than these will [His followers] do." What is beyond the ability of the one in whom the Spirit of the Lord dwells? What fear could serve as an obstacle to the calling placed in your life?

"Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom" -2 Corinthians 3:17. This week, trust in the freedom that comes with the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.

It is a gift; may we use it well.

Grace & Peace
Josh Caudill