“When the Advocate comes, whom I will send to you from the Father—the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father—he will testify about me. 27 And you also must testify, for you have been with me from the beginning." John 15:26-27 (NIV)
So many thoughts rush through our minds in a day. Where do they come from? Some come from your past, others from your worries of the future still others are triggered by what is going on in the here and now. But when you’re a follower of Jesus, we have the voice of someone else penetrating through the chaos of our minds. That someone is the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of truth who can teach us about Jesus. But the learning doesn’t stop there. We are expected to tell others about what the Spirit teaches us about Jesus. But so many times we put down the ideas and thoughts that we have instead of sharing them. We rationalize that they are not good or that no one is interested. But sharing what we have learned is so important to the growth of others.
Part of what can help us move beyond this barrier is knowing the nature of the Spirit. The NIV uses the name Advocate for the Holy Spirit. The English Standard Version uses the word “Helper” and the American Standard Version uses "Comforter.” In all three cases, the words connote someone who is for something. In the case of the Spirit, that something is you. Isn’t it wonderful to know that he can help, counsel and advocate for you?
What has the Holy Spirit been sharing with you that you could pass on to others? Ask yourself who needs to hear what you’ve learned.