Athlete, Know The Expectation

"If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever,  even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you. I will not leave you as orphans, I will come to you. Yet a little while and the world will see me no more, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live."  John 14:15-19.

The primary verses we are going to look at this week about the Holy Spirit are John 14:15-19, 25-26. But before we jump in and dissect what the Holy Spirit wants to do in our lives, a little context is necessary.

At this point in the storyline of the Bible, Jesus is at the final stages of his life on earth. Knowing his time of being physically present with them is almost done, Jesus begins preparing them for what's next.

My wife and I do this (on a much smaller scale) every time we leave the house to go on a date. We tell our kids how long we'll be gone. We tell them where we are going. We tell them how we expect them to act while we're away. But most importantly, we tell them who is going to watch them while we're gone. To make the transition as smooth as we can, we talk this babysitter up BIG TIME. We tell our kids how much more fun this person is than we are and that they'll actually enjoy their time more with us gone.

This seems to be what Jesus is up to in John 14. He is starting the preparation process for leaving the earth and He is telling His disciples who will watch over them while He is gone. This is big. In fact, "watch over them" is probably a bad phrase to use because the Bible is clear that this Person will actually reside IN them. Yes, the Holy Spirit, referred to all through the Bible as a Person, God himself, will reside in the hearts and minds of the disciples. Jesus is about to leave, but He is letting the disciples know that things will actually be better for them after He is gone. Amazing. 

What does this mean for you, two thousand years later?

Athlete, if you have surrendered your life to Christ and trust in His finished work on the cross for your salvation, God has given you the gift of the Holy Spirit. He resides in you. Think about that for a second. The God who created everything that ever existed exists inside of you. 

Let's tackle whatever this week has in store for us with boldness and courage knowing that God is with us every step of the way. He is with you. Acknowledge His presence. 

Take a minute and thank God for this incredible gift and ask to hear His voice clearer today than you did yesterday.

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