Reading: John 16: 12-13
In His time on earth, Jesus began a great work: the salvation of the world. In His limited time He of three years He brought many to faith. But more importantly, He laid the groundwork for God’s master plan that continues to reach out, bringing the good news to all nations and to all people. Jesus began with a small crew and taught them what it looked like to love sacrificially and to love God above all else. He planned for His work of saving the world to continue on by sending the Holy Spirit. For the disciples there that day and for us continuing the mission today, the Holy Spirit guides us, speaks into our lives, and empowers us to follow Jesus’ example.
The Spirit empowers us today so that we can continue to do the work that Jesus began. The unfinished plan continues to draw closer and closer to completion, day by day, new believer by new believer. Each and every one of us plays a role in the plan through the working out and living out of our faith. Our lives tell the story of loving God and loving others more than self. This is a radical and countercultural story. In our day to day lives we must live as both salt and light. As light we shine God’s love into the darkness of people’s lives and as salt we bring the aroma and taste of Christ to those in need.
As we are part of the plan, so too will others be a part of the plan. There are many who have not heard the good news of Jesus Christ. Many have an inkling of who God is and have heard of Jesus and maybe of His message. But it is a superficial understanding at best. As His witnesses in the world, we must enter into the lives of the lost and walk alongside them so that they can come to know the love of Christ. The love of Christ is life changing once you have really experienced it. He makes us into a new creation. May we each carry Jesus Christ to the lost so that through the power of the Holy Spirit, all may come to truly know Jesus as Lord and enter into true life in Christ.