Vs. 26: “But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.”
Remember the three spirits of Christmas from Charles Dickens‘ story, A Christmas Carol? While Dickens portrayed them as visible creatures who visited the miserly character Ebenezer Scrooge, they were intended to portray the essence of Christmas. They personified the very reason Christmas exists, and the purpose of their visit was to transform the hard-hearted Scrooge. I don’t know if Dickens realized the beautiful analogy his story portrays, but that’s the power of Truth: it finds its way into everything noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent and praiseworthy.
Jesus’ promise to people who choose to follow him, who make prayer the breath they breathe, is for intimate mentoring. This concluding promise in the prospectus for praying people (John 14:8-26) is so relevant for me, and I’m guessing for you too. It points to the need for mentoring; it provides input for things as yet unknown, and things known but sometimes in need of reminding.
This need for reminding is an interesting thing. It’s so human to know something, and yet to forget. Even if that something is of incredible value, we forget. While our essence is spirit, our crust is material, and the material things around us we see and touch and taste easily distract us.
Jesus knows this about us, so He promises His very essence to be our mentor. His mentoring presence is so close to our spirits, he touches the real us. He gets beyond externals. Our Scrooge-like or even Mother Theresa-like exteriors do not distract him. He is so deep within us He is able to impress Truth on our spirits in the most intimate and loving way. This essence of God, the Holy Spirit, is called the Counselor, one who comes alongside, teaching and reminding, transforming and making ready for eternity.
Mark Twain observed, “If you tell the truth you don’t have to remember anything”.
I think what he meant was that truth is consistent, whereas lies are situational. Without the Spirit of God, the Counselor, living within us, mentoring us, we do not have truth in our core being; living a ‘good’ life becomes a matter of remembering situational ethics. However with the Holy Spirit as guide and mentor, our spirit is saturated with the essence of Truth, and we are moved from within to live the life of love Jesus commissions and empowers us to live.
Intimate Mentor, Instructor, Reminding One; Thank you for meeting my deepest need for integrity. Speak Your Truth to my spirit over and over again until it exudes from me, inside out. Sent by the Father, in the name of the Son, dear Counselor, remind me today of the Law of Love I want my life to reflect. I’m listening for Your deep and quiet voice to speak.
- In Him dwells the fullness of the Godhead bodily (davidcampbelljr.wordpress.com)