FIRST LOVE – DAILY DEVOTIONAL – DAY 1
IF YOU LOVE ME
“If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him.”
Have you ever asked your children or another child to do something that you already knew they didn’t know how to do and couldn’t do? You weren’t being cruel; you were just inviting them into a significant teaching moment, right? Jesus did this with His disciples in John 14:15 by saying, “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.”
In Leadership Development, people use the language of the “10/20/70 Rule”.
10% of personal development is formal learning
20% of personal development is coaching, mentoring and feedback
70% of personal development is OTJ (On The Job) trial and error
Have you ever noticed that Jesus was inviting his disciples to do the impossible? He invited them to get on the field and “keep” his commandments, knowing:
1. They couldn’t even remember them for “Formal Learning”
2. He was leaving them without a physical coach, helper, or guide
3. Their OTJ experience could cost them their life.
It looks unfair at first, until we discover how he would teach them formally to remember all He said, coach them personally through the Holy Spirit, and shadow them with mercy, empowerment, guidance and development as they carried out the mission.
My Friend, can I tell you that you’re not alone? Jesus said, “I will not leave you as orphans…” John 14:18. He wants you to know that the Holy Spirit IS your personal trainer, coach, friend, advocate and best friend. He wants to be your First Love. Just as Jesus told his disciples to not be troubled, we too can have peace knowing we’re never alone because the Holy Spirit dwells IN us and is WITH us.
I want to ask you a personal question. Have you met the Holy Spirit personally? If not, right now is a perfect time. His presence in your life can change everything.
Jesus, thank You for introducing me to the Holy Spirit and for giving me the opportunity to grow in relationship with Him. I want to know Him as my helper and friend. Help me remember today that the Holy Spirit is always with me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
For Further Study:
John 14:25-26, 15:26-27, 16:7-13, Acts 2:1-21; I John 2:27; Nehemiah 9:20;