Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it.“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. – John 14:13-17
Have you ever been with someone as they were dying? When someone is near death, the final things they say to those they love are the things that matter most to them. In such moments, there is no time for idle chatting. Each word is measured, because it matters.
On the brink of his death on the cross, Jesus gives a glimpse into the Trinity. Jesus says that as the “Son” He will be returning to the “Father” after His resurrection. Furthermore, they will send the “Spirit” to live in God’s people as their “Helper”. Jesus’ point is that we can live by the same power that He did and get the same help that He had.
The Holy Spirit is the most underutilized power source in the world. This explains why we are weak, weary, and wounded. This explains why we are broken, burdened, and battered. How can you live by the Spirit’s power as your Helper?
- Believe in Jesus and trust in that relationship as the anchor for your entire life.
- Align with God’s will and seek the will of God no matter what it is.
- Ask God to help you love Him by obeying Him since love is what you do.
Jesus promises that if these three things are present in our life, the Holy Spirit will come as our Helper as He was Jesus’ Helper. While on the earth in His humanity, Jesus needed help, so don’t feel bad when you need help. When you need help don’t settle for self-help, but strive for the Spirit’s help.
Jesus does not want you to merely admire His life, He also invites you to experience it through the powerful presence of the person of the Spirit. It’s great to ask, “What would Jesus do?” But, it’s of no help unless we also ask, “How would Jesus do it?” The answer is by the power of the Helper! The ministry of the Spirit is to make you like Jesus!
Where in your life today do you need the Helper to help you? Spend some time today inviting the Holy Spirit to help you in very specific ways as your Helper.