““If you love me, obey my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, who will never leave you. He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth. The world cannot receive him, because it isn’t looking for him and doesn’t recognize him. But you know him, because he lives with you now and later will be in you.”
I remember as a kid playing hide and seek. We would pick one person and they would have to cover their eyes and count to a specific number while the rest of us went and found places to hide. My hiding game was legend! I could hide until the street lights came on and then I had to go home or risk being grounded. I remember being so well hidden that no one could find me for hours. During those times I also remember the feeling of being isolated and alone. It was fun hiding, not so much fun being alone! I also remember the thought, “what if they aren’t trying to find me”? What then?
I am so glad that the Holy Spirit isn’t playing a game of hide and seek with us. Jesus has promised to give us an advocate; someone to speak on our behalf. The Holy Spirit is readily available to those who receive Her. This set of verses in John 14 reminds us that there are people out there who are without the Holy Spirit. It’s those who have yet to receive what Christ has to give us; salvation! I could not imagine going through life without the comfort, wisdom, truth, or advocacy of the Holy Spirit. I find great hope in the line, “who will never leave you.” Such a wonderful thought! The Holy Spirit will never leave us.
Couple ideas to think about today:
1. Are you showing Jesus how much you love him by keeping his commands? How will you do that today?
2. What truth do you need to hear today from the Holy Spirit?
3. Since the Holy Spirit lives in you and the world cannot “receive him” because they “aren’t looking”, How can you help the world see the Holy Spirit working in your life (since He lives in you)?
4. Pray for the Holy Spirit to be present in a tangible way in your life today!