“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. And you also must testify, for you have been with me from the beginning. John 15:26-27
Jesus is now introducing the third person of the Godhead – the Holy Spirit. He calls Him the Advocate because He will certainly be fighting on our behalf.
I don’t think we truly comprehend the power and significance the Holy Spirit has in our lives. If we did, we’d be a lot more content with our lives and we’d seek to please Him rather than our bosses and co-workers and friends. It’s not to say that we shouldn’t please them but pleasing them would be a by-product of pleasing the Holy Spirit.
The main question, then, is why don’t we please Him? Well, in short, life happens and we forget. Here’s what I mean.
You set out in the morning to please Him, but then the kids are late getting up and everyone is rushing but no one is really cooperating, then out the door they go but they forgot something important so you jump in the car to chase the bus or go to school. On the way there another car almost rams into you. No damage but you’re in a totally nerve-wracking position. Two hours have passed since your devotional but because of the craziness of your morning, you forgot to acknowledge the Holy Spirit once. So you get back on track for the rest of the morning and into the afternoon. Again, the stuff of life happens and before you know it, it’s supper time and while you did listen to Christian radio in the car, it just wasn’t the same thing as worshiping the Holy Spirit throughout the day.
I’ll be the first to admit that it’s very difficult to acknowledge the Holy Spirit in the middle of the day when all kinds of craziness is happening around you. But it is comforting to know, that as the Advocate, He’s fighting on your behalf in the midst of that busyness.