John 16:12-15

I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear.  
But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth.
He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. He will glorify me because it is from me that he will receive what he will make known to you. All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will receive from me what he will make known to you.
John 16:12-15
When our kids became old enough to argue and fight, we went on a little campaign to try to help them move to a more unselfish mindset. Looking back, I don’t know if it really made much of a difference, but it was a good attempt. When they intentionally (or unintentionally) behaved with a lack of consideration, showed a greedy heart, or were thoughtless, we simply asked the question: Are you thinking of others? Whether it was grabbling a toy, being unwilling to share a snack, or pushing down a sibling to win a contest, this phrase seemed to fit. From time to time it worked, and our kids were able to recognize the behavior as a problem, and occasionally they would even self-correct and apologize.
 
I’ve wondered if our kids argued and fussed so much because there were three of them. Or because they were close in age, or in my darker moments, that we weren’t very skilled in parenting. But experience has proved otherwise as I realized that thinking of others is just not a natural thing, not with three kids under 5, or with three kids under 15 or…Sin, selfishness, greed, self-preservation, and inconsiderate actions do not need to be learned.
 
This may be one of the remarkable things to note about this passage, that Jesus was always thinking of others. Because of his great love for his friends, he chose not to share too much of what would come. But He does choose to reveal the next part of God’s big plan, that God would be gracing them with Spirit of truth. Jesus told them that the Spirit will guide them, even in the soon to be unknown, he promises that everything that Spirit says would come directly from him. The Spirit would also reveal the glory of both Jesus and God.
 
This passage is a reminder of the three-part Trinity of God. Always thinking of the other, always giving glory to the other, and always honoring the other. The Spirit serves the Father, who loves and gives to the Son, who loves and honors the Spirit. And on and on and on.
 
It is grace to us that the Spirit of God only reveals what we can bear and that we have a guide even in the darkest of times. One who is always working to demonstrate the glory of God in our lives.
 
Questions for reflection:

  1.  When was the last time you thought about the Holy Spirit?
  2.  In what relationship might God be calling you to imitate the ‘other-centeredness’ of the Trinity?
  3.  Take time to thank God that he did not leave us alone but gave us the ‘Helper’.
Linda Miller | Ministry Development

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