I don’t know about you, but I often wish I could transport in time and walk with Jesus. To hear Him teach, to watch the miracles, to just be near Him and know Him on that personal level. My daughter and I often talk about “movie time” in heaven where God will pull out the projector and let us watch stories from the Bible as they actually played out…or better yet, to transport us to walk side-by-side with Adam when his eyes first opened and God was the first face he saw, Moses when the Red Sea parted, Ruth when she wed Boaz, Esther when she held her breath and walked in to address the king, David when he faced Goliath, Hosea as he faithfully stood by Gomer, Mary when the wise men came and worshipped her newborn son, the woman who had been bleeding 12 years when she was suddenly healed by Jesus, Martha when her brother was raised from the dead, the disciples when the risen Jesus first appeared and breathed on them, Peter when he preached the first sermon and 3,000 came to know Jesus as Savior …I could go on forever…
Jesus is telling His disciples – and us – there is something better. Something that can only come in His absence. The disciples don’t get it though. They are sad, confused, afraid, heartbroken over the idea. What could be better than the personal presence, protection, wisdom, guidance of Jesus Himself?
But Jesus insists. It will be better.
The better person will be a helper, a guide, a convictor of sin, righteousness, and judgement, a voice of truth. But the best part…instead of being with us, He will be IN US. He will be with us always, wherever we find ourselves.
I am terrible with directions. Awful. I can get lost anywhere. Imagine I had a guide. A wonderful person on one of my journeys that I trusted completely. All I had to do was follow Him and never get lost. However, He could only help me when I was physically with them. But, what if I he implanted a spiritual GPS in me that was a manifestation of Himself? He would always tell me where to go. He would alert me if I was going off track. He would even help me when I was confused and teach me things along the way. And when I was weary, He would fill in the gaps for what I needed on the journey. I never had to doubt a thing, He could not steer me wrong; it isn’t in His nature. But I had a part to play. I had to make sure He was activated. I also had to listen to Him. When He told me where to go or what to/not to do, I had to listen. He couldn’t physically make me go there. I had to follow His directions.
This is the power of the Spirit available to us. As much as I long to go back and walk with Jesus, this is a better thing for now. The Spirit in me can provide everything I am looking for Jesus to do in my desires to walk with Him. It is my fault if I am not activating Him in my life, or equally bad, not listening to Him. If we were chronically directionally-challenged and we had a fool-proof internal guide at our disposal, but refused to use it, we would be crazy. We have so much power available to us and I’m convinced we are not recognizing the value, rendering it idle.
In his commentary, Guzik points out, “Look at the disciples before Jesus left. Confused. Thick-headed. Afraid. Selfish and self-centered. Look at them after Jesus left, and after the Helper had come. They are wise, surrendered, bold, and giving. Truly it was ‘to your advantage’ that Jesus left!”
This. This is the power I want. I want to activate God inside me and never get lost again.
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