“For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him, “Abba, Father.” For his Spirit joins with our spirit to affirm that we are God’s children.” – Romans 8:14-16.
Have you learned to ride a bicycle? If so, you know that as a learner you had to remember to do many things at the same time. You had to push the pedals and guide the handlebars while keeping your balance and dodging any obstacles that came your way. Most of us had help – usually parents – aiding us as we learned to ride. Dad or mom explained what you had to do, usually ran with you down the street until they were comfortable that you could maintain your balance.
God desires that we all become like Him, but we cannot just start living that way on our own when we become Christians. God, the expert, must help us if we are to become more like Him. The greatest teacher who ever lived is Jesus. He called a group of men and encouraged them to follow Him. In the process, their minds were opened up to learning far beyond their limited experience and eventually their experience outgrew their knowledge. When the time was right, He sent them out to put into practice that which they had learned. These simple men literally turned the world upside down for the gospel of Jesus Christ. Therein lies the power of turning knowledge into action.
The disciples of Jesus were His followers for three years, and while Jesus taught them many things, He knew that when He went away, they would need help. So He said, “But I will send you the Advocate—the Spirit of truth. He will come to you from the Father and will testify all about me.” (John 15:26). Earlier, Jesus said, “But when the Father sends the Advocate as my representative—that is, the Holy Spirit—he will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I have told you.” (John 14:26).
The Holy Spirit is a person who knows you and loves you. Jesus said that the Holy Spirit would come to be a counselor, one who would come alongside, and help you navigate through the decisions you are making in your life. Scripture says He comforts the saved. He convicts the lost. He conveys the truth. He points people to Jesus. Read what the apostle Paul wrote about this: “But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things! Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives.” (Galatians 5:22–23, 25)
As you let the Holy Spirit lead your life, you’ll notice the fruit of the Spirit – the love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control you’ll never have in your own attempts. In the process, you’ll reflect the beauty of a life that’s surrendered to Him and empowered by Him.
- With the Spirit in us, we can do what Jesus did and more. What do you think of Jesus’ bold statement in John 14:12? What keeps us from experiencing that?