John 14, 25-28
Something to read
I have said these things to you while I am still with you. But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything, and remind you of all that I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.
You heard me say to you, 'I am going away, and I am coming to you.' If you loved me, you would rejoice that I am going to the Father, because the Father is greater than I.
New Revised Standard Version
Something to think about
Few of us recognise the potential of today, and of our own lives.
Most of the Bible describes a time before Jesus was born - and looks forward to that birth. We read the gospels as fulfilment and climax: what follows is the closing chapter. Today? Well, it’s little more than limbo – a time for waiting until Christ returns.
Here in John’s gospel - and elsewhere - Jesus tells his followers to rejoice because he is leaving. He says they will be taught everything and that something greater is to follow his departure. We aren’t just holding the fort. We are here to develop Christ’s ministry into something even better!
Perhaps that is a frightening responsibility. Perhaps we are tempted to bury our talent in the ground and sit tight. But we have been told not to be fearful. We can have peace about our potential, and courage as we do our work.
Something to do
Is there anything you have been putting off because you’re scared?
Scared that you don’t have the time, or ability? Scared others won’t admire you for it, or because you don’t know exactly how it will turn out?
Ask God to help you see your potential for changing the world. Tell him you want to increase his investment in you. And do that thing you have been putting off. It might be difficult but it can’t destroy you. And, ultimately, you can’t frustrate God’s purposes. Even if you get a few things wrong!
Something to pray
Thank you, Father, for the Holy Spirit who teaches us, gives us peace and enables us to continue your work here, today.
We’re sorry for the times we hide from you, are fearful or take ourselves too seriously.
We offer you back the talents you have given us and we will try to rejoice that Christ left us, so that we could continue his work.
Today’s contributor is Anna Potts, formerly Christian Aid’s Regional Co-ordinator for Wiltshire