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.
This past year, I chose to take on the challenge of doing the plumbing in my new house. It has been quite the undertaking, let me tell you. All that I thought I knew about plumbing fell just short of what I needed to know to do the task well. At each step of the job I have realized why I am NOT a professional plumber. It has stressed me, stretched me, and frustrated me in many different ways…and yet I am still making progress and it is getting done. As much as I would like to say it’s because I have become a master plumber that things got done, I have to attribute it more to the people who have come by my side and helped me. It amazed me how much I benefited having someone there to help. Someone to bounce ideas off of. Someone to help me think through my plan of action. An extra hand that was needed on occasion to hold a pipe that seemed just inches out of my reach. I worked better, faster, and felt less overwhelmed by the task when I had help.
So, I am going to say the obvious…having help simply helps.
Plumbing is a task, but nothing in comparison to living for and reaching this world for Christ. It is a life and calling that, if you try to do it on your own…well…just isn’t possible. But with help, with the Helper, with the Spirit of God in us, we get the help we need to be all that He calls us to be. When we need reminded of who He is, the Spirit is there. When we need comfort or encouragement, the Spirit is there. When life is confusing and you don’t know which way to go, the Spirit is there. In every way and at all times, the Spirit of God is with the people of God, to walk with them and help them live for God.