Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Day 9, John 14: Jesus' final instructions

TITLE: Day 9, John 14: Jesus' final instructions
THEME: Spiritual Recharge

Jesus is seen in this chapter as a discipler, one who points others to God, and one who reveals the Holy Spirit. In ministry work, it is only a matter of time before workers tire, get discouraged, and become dried and drained out. It is not a question of whether the person will experience burn-out. It is simply a statement of WHEN.

Like a marathon, the hardest part of the journey is in the middle. In the middle, one starts to harbour thoughts of regret about beginning the race in the first place. One can also question the benefit of finishing the race too. In the work of God, it is important to start well. It is equally important to finish strong. What about the middle?

The Christian worker needs to take time to rest when necessary. In rest, one need to seek the Comforter rather than the earthly comforts. In seeking the Comforter, we need that laserlike focus on the person of Christ. It is Christ who comes to our level to redeem us back to God. It is Christ who fully understands what we are going through. It is Christ who will power us through and through, to lead us to begin well, and to finish strong. We can persevere on because we have the Holy Spirit.

"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. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid." (John 14:26-27)

Have no fear. The Holy Spirit is near.

What I Learned: The Person of God will know when and how to recharge his spiritual batteries.


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