John 14:15–17 (ESV)
Jesus Promises the Holy Spirit
15 “If you love me, you will keep my commandments. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, 17 even
the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.
Sometimes I think Christians adopt an attitude
that they can do anything they want, because God will forgive them. I remember growing up and if I went against what my Dad said, there was the switch. The switch back then was a thin leather 1960’s belt. There were times I willfully
disobeyed my father, but for the most part… I wanted to please him. The switch brought correction in my life. I did not like it or want it, but it was a good attitude adjuster. My motivation for doing good was not the switch, but my
father’s love for me. I wanted to please him. In today’s reading, Jesus says “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.” It this is what Jesus says, then I should not have an attitude of being able to do what
I want. My motivation is Jesus love for me. He died for me, forgave me, restored me, and gives me eternal life. On top of that, when he leaves, he will give me a helper to get through life. That helper is the Holy Spirit. Jesus
says that “the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.” The reason he is in me is because of my baptism. Baptism is not something I do for God,
but something he does for me. It is his work in me. I receive the Holy Spirit through the Means of Grace. That is… through Word and Sacraments. It is a gift that is given to me.
I pray: O Lord, you have done everything necessary for my Salvation. In fact you knew I would be saved before the world was ever created. How can I take credit for my Salvation when it all comes from you? I thank you for your
grace and mercy. Amen.