Call To Worship
- John 16:3-11 [Read]
Songs We’ll Be Singing Together
- Our God [Listen]
- Open The Eyes of My Heart Lord [Listen]
- God Is Able [Listen]
- Build Your Kingdom Here [Listen]
- #282: The Family of God
- #262: Holy, Holy, Holy
Call to Worship: Devotional (By Pastor Dan Loch)
3 These things they will do because they have not known the Father or Me. 4 But these things I have spoken to you, so that when their hour comes, you may remember that I told you of them. These things I did not say to you at the beginning, because I was with you.John 16:3-11
5 “But now I am going to Him who sent Me; and none of you asks Me, ‘Where are You going?’ 6 But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your heart. 7 But I tell you the truth, 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. 8 And He, when He comes, will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment; 9 concerning sin, because they do not believe in Me; 10 and concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father and you no longer see Me; 11 and concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world has been judged.
How many times have I thought “if only I could have seen Jesus and walked with Him, then my life would be better…” But Jesus Himself says that it is better for Him to leave so that our Helper, The Holy Spirit, may come to us. Read that again. Jesus says it is better for us to have the Holy Spirit working in our lives than it would be for us to walk with Jesus as the disciples did.
Despite having such an amazing referral from the Son of God, I am still prone to ignoring or forgetting that the Holy Spirit dwells in me. This is crazy because the Holy Spirit is the seal of my salvation (Ephesians 1:13) and the One who leads me to be a son of God (Romans 8:14). Without Him there is no Christian living and it is only by His power that I become more like Christ. My prayer is that throughout this week I would be more in tune with what the Spirit is doing. Then, on Sunday, when I sing about how great my God is and all the awesome things He is doing, I will be able to sing from personal experience and not wistful thinking. May the Holy Spirit lead us in unity with one another and with God.