But in fact, it is best for you that I go away, because if I don’t, the Advocate won’t come. If I do go away, then I will send him to you.
Written by: Courtney Flocken
It’s easy to think the disciples had it easier—breaking bread, doing life, and roaming the streets with Jesus. They were literally homies with Jesus! He had 12 disciples, three of which were in His inner circle. Could you imagine being a part of that inner circle? Somehow that has to make life choices easier, right? Well, I think if we could pass the mic to Peter, who infamously walked on water only to later deny Jesus not once, twice, but three times, he would enlighten us. Following Jesus is always a choice that exposes where our hope resides.
Jesus assured them before His fateful day on the cross that it was better for Him to go. Wait, what? Yes. It was better to not walk side by side, moment to moment, living, breathing, and even physically touching Jesus! Why? It was so the Holy Spirit could come and literally live inside of each of us.
Counterintuitively, the Bible advises the days of having Jesus by one’s side were not physically easier. “But in fact, it is best for you that I go away, because if I don’t, the Advocate won’t come. If I do go away, then I will send him to you.” – John 16:7
Don’t forget the same Jesus who allowed Peter to walk on water lives inside of you.
Thought of the day: Can you relate to Peter? When in the face of struggle, do you sometimes forget to see how big and capable God is? Over time, we build muscle memory as we begin to trust God for those times God does what only He can do! It makes it easier the next time and the 100th time to let go of the circumstances and let God do what only He can do!
Prayer: God, thank You for giving me Jesus and allowing the Holy Spirit to live in me so I am not shaken and swayed in the face of political turmoil. In spite of my beliefs and how they compare to someone else’s views, God I ask You would help me love those around me regardless of our politics and government. Remind me that Jesus is the hope of the world, not the people in office or their interests. God, thank You for only tasking me with the responsibility of loving God and loving people. I know through Your transformative power, You can change me and make that an easier task as I learn how much You love and have forgiven me! God, help me to see, trust, and lean into an everyday life reminded that Jesus is alive in me; and live changed in spite of politics! In Jesus’ mighty name, Amen!