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John 14:23-29, Relying on the Holy Spirit

Key Verse

‘I have said these things to you while I am still with you. But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything, and remind you of all that I have said to you.
— John 14:25-26

RCL Daily Devotion for Sunday, May 26, 2019

RCL Daily Devotions written by Dr. Kimberly Leetch from RCL Worship Resources (see more).

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Main Idea: We were created to rely on each other and on the Holy Spirit.

Jesus knew he was leaving soon. But he also knew he wasn’t abandoning his followers to a cold world without backup. He let them know, even before he died, that they would have an advocate: the Spirit of truth. The Holy Spirit would remain to guide them, to give them strength, and to bind them together.

I have a son, a young adult, that has recently moved into his own apartment. He is doing well, but sometimes “adulting” seems just a little much for him. As it should. He’s barely 21. I offer to help, but he’s reluctant to accept it. He thinks growing up means being independent, and that being independent means going it alone. But that’s not how we’re wired. God created us to live in community, interdependent on one another. And Jesus shaped us to live in communion with God, interdependent on the creator, redeemer, and advocate. Sometimes “adulting” means not going it alone. Often growing up means relying on the people around us, and the Holy Spirit within us.

Sometimes our joy is not complete until we endure much pain and suffering first. When we get a new job that takes us far from home, the leaving is painful, but it makes way for the new things God has in store for us on the other side of the move. A mother’s labor is painful, but necessary for a healthy baby to come into the world. A divorce is painful, but can also open doors to renewal and new life. Jesus’ crucifixion was excruciatingly difficult. But his death led to his resurrection, to the coming of the Holy Spirit, and to the new life God gave all humanity through Jesus’ sacrifice. We may be in pain today, but joy is on the horizon.

God, grant me strength and wisdom to endure life’s painful moments, reminding me that your joy is continually forthcoming. Amen.

 

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