Two things have stood out to me in scripture this last week.
Rewinding back to John 15, verse 14 says “You are my friends if you do what I command you.” The commandment I walked out this week is “Honoring your father and mother.” I do my best to follow this out. I realized that I don’t serve them so much because I am overflowing with love for my parents. I serve them because I am overflowing with love for Jesus. I really want to serve Him with the best of what I have. This is what He told me to do, so I follow His command, because I love Him. It was great for me to connect so realistically in life to a scripture I had read in my quiet time.
The second thing that stood out to me in the scripture reading is the talk about the Holy Spirit. John 16 sheds more light about the role of the Holy Spirit in our lives. I sometimes wonder if we miss seeing the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives and the lives around you, because we don’t really know how the Holy Spirit works.
John 16: 7 – 11 (NIV)
7But I tell you the truth: It is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Counselor will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. 8When he comes, he will convict the world of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness and judgment: 9in regard to sin, because men do not believe in me; 10in regard to righteousness, because I am going to the Father, where you can see me no longer; 11and in regard to judgment, because the prince of this world now stands condemned.
The Holy Spirit is a Counselor. The NASB version says, Helper. The Helper will convict the world concerning three things: sin, righteousness, and judgment.
Sin, because people are lost and need to know that they are sinners in need of Jesus.
Righteousness, because Jesus is no longer tangibly with us to show us what is true righteousness. We need a Helper to point out righteousness when it is in front of our faces. Righteousness can be hard to see in our fallen world.
Judgment, because Satan is already condemned. We can understand the judgment of God better and His justice with the help of the Holy Spirit.
Everything the Holy Spirit does is to glorify God and He doesn’t have his own agenda. He only wants to help us walk out what God is calling us to do in our lives. Sometimes this is doing what God commands, even when it is difficult.
- This week we will be reading John 17 (12/30 – 1/6)
Does having a chapter a week to read help you? Is it hard to find time to read over the holidays? What verses stood out to you in John 16?