The Helper TL;DNR
Each of us is on a spiritual journey, a symbolic and literal walk with God. A healthy trip moves in and through three waypoints: mountaintop, wilderness, and downtown. Just as the Trinity involves Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, this threefold journey includes the big picture, the connection we make with it, and what we do about it. Ideally, we move in and out of all of those places all of the time; if we are feeling stuck in one area, it might just be time to pack our bags.
I put together a mountaintop series of articles and videos called "Living Water, Standing Stone.” There’s more to say there, naturally, but I think it’s a good place to start chewing on big picture concepts. After that, the “Upper Room” series was meant to be a wilderness overview of the prayer process.
So here we are. Time to visit the city. Jesus told the disciples that, after Easter, He was going to move on. In a way, that moment serves as an inspiration for the end of every cowboy movie, when the Sherrif has cleaned up the town and then rides off into the sunset. The sentiment there is that, if the Sherrif stays where he is, the townspeople will never step up and fight their own battles.
Jesus tells the disciples that they won’t be able to move on in their journeys unless He moves on in His. At some point, action is required, and there’s no real reason to act when the Wayshower is around to make everything okay. The good news there is that, instead of looking to an outer power or authority, the disciples have the Holy Spirit within them. Depending on the Bible translation, Jesus refers to the the Holy Spirit as the Comforter, the Advocate, or the Helper:
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. (John 16:7, NASB)
Over the next few weeks we’ll be talking about what that means, how to find that comfort and help, and, perhaps most importantly, what to do about it. There’s a lot to say there. For now, as an abbreviated answer to the "what should I do" question, let’s focus on three familiar ideas: In Peace, On Purpose, All One. We talk about (and even sing about) all three all the time.
Start with your connection. Is this thing you are about to do a good idea for God? From there, be deliberate. God is on purpose. Finally, because we are all in this together, make sure what you’re doing is an affirmation of oneness. If you can move forward with those ideas in mind and heart, you’re unstoppable.