Devotional Thought 59: Advocate (His Grace, Our Effectiveness)

Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.

(1 Corinthians 15:58)

This week, following the theme of Priesthood, we’re gonna be looking at what it truly means for Jesus Christ to be our High Priest, our Mediator and Intercessor! There’s some radical, controversial, yet sweet truth the Holy Spirit is showing us here, so let’s roll! Yes, we’re STILL here, folks. God won’t let me get away from this.

After Jesus finishes teaching the Kingdom, He comes down from the mountain and starts phase two: bringing the Kingdom into people’s lives! First, a leper comes and worships Him, needing to be healed. Then, a Roman centurion comes and asks Jesus to heal his dying servant. Then, Jesus goes to Peter’s house and heals his sick mother-in-law. Then, a ton of people bring the sick and demon-possessed for Him to heal, going into the night hours! Lastly, two of His disciples come to Him, wanting to follow Him. Instead of encouraging them, however, Jesus warns them of the challenges included in discipleship: they’d have to risk sacrificing comfort, and prioritize Him about their own friends and family!

Friends, we are called to be Kingdom workers. Our Father has chosen us to be about His business, following Jesus’ mission of proclaiming, explaining and demonstrating the Kingdom in people’s lives! However, Lord Jesus made it crystal clear, that’s really hard! In fact, it’s impossible; the work that we’re called to do can only be done by the supernatural power of God. How are we supposed to be an active part of work that’s way over our head? The same way Jesus did, by relying on the Holy Spirit to give us the power and endurance we need to continually fulfill the Gospel mission! Jesus was able to heal, work miracles and bring the Kingdom into people’s lives despite the hardships because He relied on the grace of God to empower and sustain Him. Our Advocate, the Son of God, develops His very own perseverance within us by His Spirit, empowering us to endure and follow Him until the very end (Galatians 5:22-23).

In Paul’s letter to the Corinthians, he tells them that he shouldn’t need a letter recommendation for them to accept him, considering he’s the one who founded the Corinthian church. In essence, they are his letter of recommendation, written by the Spirit. Paul was confident of the results of his ministry, but he wasn’t arrogant, because he knew that it was only by God’s grace he was an effective servant of Christ! Though he wad called to be an apostle, he was fully aware that it was the power of the Spirit behind it. Similarly, we have to remember that whatever we do for Jesus, it’s only by His grace that we can be effective servants and soldiers for the Kingdom (2 Cor. 3:1-6).

  • We are Christ’s servants, and we’re called to continually be about His business. Following Jesus, however, is hard, and tempts us to give up along the way. But through the Spirit, He equips us with the endurance and power we need to persevere in doing good for the Kingdom. By His grace, He makes us sufficient for the supernatural work of ministry.

And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.

(Galatians 6:9)

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