Posted: May 29, 2021
Author: Coria Brock
John 15:15-17, NIV
“If you love me, keep my commands. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.”
In a Bible study class I am attending, they recently shared about how sometimes they find no strength, and realized they need to seek God and recharge. As they were sharing, I was led to look at an electrical outlet and I started to think about what it means and what happens when something is recharged.
Every time my husband and I need to go for a trip, we will prepare a portable charger and make sure it is at full charge before we leave. So if any of our cell phone batteries get low, we can recharge them so the phone can continue to function. However, this concept does not apply to our computer or other electrical products like a refrigerator. They must stay connected to an electrical outlet constantly in order to function.
Let’s think about this same concept and our need of a recharge from God. We can be like the cell phone, take time to get filled up, and then go out and work on our own. When our strength begins getting low and we find we cannot work well, we need to go back and take some time with God to get recharged. Or we can be like those electrical appliances, connecting to Him with a wire and be filled up for work anytime anywhere. The difference between these two types of followers can be defined as those working for God, and those who are working with God.
“I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.” (Luke 24:49, NIV)
Jesus commanded His disciples plainly, that they should not go to do His work before they have received the power from on High. And that power according to the message He gave His disciples in John 15:15-17, comes from the Spirit of Truth. We know Him and He lives with us and will be in us now and forevermore.
Do you receive the Holy Spirit and work with Him? Do you let the Holy Spirit guide you or are you still wrestling with Him to do the Lord’s work in your way? Are you concerned with the work and what reputation or legacy you may gain from it rather than being in complete surrender to Jesus? Remember Jesus said, “If you love me, keep my commands.” He commanded His disciples to wait until the power of the Holy Spirit came on them and with them and in them. If we love Him, if the Holy Spirit in us, we will do exactly what He has told us to do. We will long for the Father and long for the time we can spend with Jesus Himself. We do not need to go to refill, rather, we take time to seek God’s face in prayer and praising Him becomes our desire, the time of intimacy with Him. Just as Jesus demonstrated to us (Mark 1:35), it is not done because of an obligation, but because of love.
Relationship is what matters to God. He can accomplish all things just like He created all things and He does not need His children make Him proud. He simply wants His children to walk with Him.