John 14:15–17

by Greg Key

John 14:15-17 “If you love me, keep my commands. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever—the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.”

Imagine I called you this afternoon and asked you to come help me with a project at my house. You come over, because you think I’m awesome and you have an incredible servant’s heart, and I say, “I have these enormous boulders I need to move but I can’t lift them. If you love me you’ll move them for me.” Because we are imagining, let’s also imagine you actually do love me and you actually want to do this for me, but there’s one major problem… you can’t move them either! What do you do?

Well… the Christian life can be like this sometimes. We hear people teach all the time that “If you love Jesus you will obey His commands, and if you’re not obeying Jesus it’s because you don’t love Him enough.” There is some truth to that, but what we tend to forget is that we are not able to obey Jesus’ commands by ourselves. Just as it is impossible for us to move those boulders without the help of a forklift or a crane, we too need some outside help to obey the commands of Jesus.

In comes the Holy Spirit (cue your favorite “Superhero Saves The Day” music). Jesus knew that we would desire to obey His commands, but that we would also be lacking in the ability to do so. “And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you.” In other words…

Jesus: “If you love me you’ll keep my commandments.”

Us: “Man! I REALLY want to but I keep failing because I am trying on my own but I just can’t do it.”

Jesus: “I gotchu Boo.”

So, when you find yourself desiring to live for Jesus and follow His commandments, STOP TRYING TO DO IT ALONE! It’s a task we CANNOT do by ourselves. Pray and ask the Holy Spirit to help you and walk in His strength and guidance; then you’ll find yourself succeeding a little more each day. “…you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.”