The pungent smell of mothballs coming from the small wooden drawers in the old Singer sewing machine cabinet always reminds me of my grandmother. Sitting with her next to the machine, watching her foot move the pedal up and down while guiding the fabric, I learned tricks and shortcuts to sewing. When my grandmother moved from her house to a retirement home, she gave me the sewing machine as a special gift. I’ve kept her thimbles, thread and machine attachments in the drawers to remind me of our times together. Now that she is gone, that old machine brings back wonderful memories of times together and what I learned.
As Jesus prepared the disciples for His death and departure from this world, He promised them a great gift too. This great gift would remind them of what Jesus taught them, give them strength and power to live on this earth and direct them in understanding truth. Jesus told them:
“…it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you…when the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth…He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you.” John 16: 7, 13-14
“And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth…you know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you…but the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.” John 14:16-17, 25
Paul wrote to the Galatians that the fruits in our lives comes through the power of the Holy Spirit who lives in the life of the believer. “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control…” (Galatians 5:22-23)
The Holy Spirit was given by Jesus as a gift to us so that we can live a fruitful life abiding with Him. I am so thankful for the Holy Spirit, the Helper, the great gift given to believers who teaches us, helps us, guides us and reminds us of all Jesus taught.
Am I listening to the Holy Spirit in my life today? Do I see His fruits in my life? Am I asking for His help to live like Jesus? Thank you, Jesus, for leaving your believers and followers with such a great gift!