I Am Help - Saturday February 28, 2015
For the love of Christ controls us, having concluded this, that one died for all, therefore all died; and He died for all, that they who live should no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died and rose again on their behalf. 2 Corinthians 5:14-15
A pupil is not above his teacher; but everyone, after he has been fully trained, will be like his teacher. Luke 6:40
But the goal of our instruction is love from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. 1 Timothy 1:5
If you are a boxer and have been taught and trained to box, then you should expect to be in fights. As a disciple of Jesus, we are to be like the Holy Spirit and be a helper to others. We are not to just bask in His salvation. We need to do something with the talents we have been given and be like the one who trained us. We need to be a helper too.
What does the Helper do? He encourages us, teaches us, and stands with us. We can similarly teach, encourage, pray with, serve, and be an example to others. We can weep with those who weep and rejoice with those who rejoice. We can be like He who is within us because that is His heart. The student emulates the teacher.
To want help, to need help, and to be a helper is at the heart of our instruction. This is what will attract people to Jesus, because this kind of selfless love is not logical by the world's standards. Since the Helper is the Spirit of the Triune God, we will be most fully alive and full of joy as we live by Him, by the Spirit, who indwells us.
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