How many times have you thought, “oh if I only had someone to help me do……fill in the blank”
And how many times when someone raises their hand or asks, do you need help, have you wanted to say (or perhaps you did say) “ding ding ding, we have a helper!” Cue the confetti!
I gotta tell ya, last week when I stood here and told folks what needed to be done and after BOTH services WE HAD HELPERS! Man I was looking to cue the confetti! I said “wow, who knew all I had to do was ask!” So thank you for being a helper.
This verse is before Jesus’ death and resurrection. He’s telling his disciples that tragedy awaits him, that one of them will betray him, and that soon He will not be with them the way He is now. Certainly not a pep talk and certainly no mention of anyone helping! But wait – He also tells them that they will NOT be abandoned but that God will send them a Helper. The Holy Spirit that will be the voice of God, of Jesus and that we will never be alone. Fast forward to the Upper Room. Here they are all gathered including Jesus, whom they can see and maybe they’re wondering what now? What the heck are we supposed to do now? Jesus told them to obey His commandments and He’d send them a helper, a helper to do what? Well, we are told that while in the upper room, Jesus breathed on them and it is that time the Holy Spirit came upon like tongues of fire – and so the church was born.
Ah…not just a helper, but THE HELPER has arrived. The Helper that would help every disciple then and now to spread the good news. The Helper that would help every disciple live as Jesus lived. The helper that would help every disciple show the love of Christ through them when they ASKED FOR HELP.
Asking for help – probably the hardest thing anyone has to do. Why? Because we believe we can do it our self, OR we’re afraid that if we ask for help, the helper won’t do it exactly the way we want it done. OR we may say, it’s easier for me to just do it myself then ask for help and then have to show the helper what has to be done.
Now, the disciples didn’t ASK for the Helper. Jesus promised them the Helper – and they had to wait for exactly the perfect time for the Helper to arrive. Frankly, knowing what we know now, there was no way the disciples would have been able to spread the Gospel throughout all the known world. We also know that the Helper helped those first disciples endure some unbelieve challenges.
So I ask you, as Christians, we have THE HELPER. Because we can’t see Him do we not ask for help? Is our ego so big that we believe we can do it on our own? Or is it that we’re afraid to ask for help because “it’s easier if I do it myself”. I’m thinking all of the above sometimes.
On the flip side, and think about this – what if, what if we just asked the Helper for help and let Him do it His way…..