A Job Description is Helpful

This past Sunday I joked in my sermon that there are two things in my life that I wish I would have had a job description or manual for: Marriage and Parenting.

Nobody ever gave me detailed instructions or what to expect when it came to either marriage or parenting. Pre-marital counseling was kept general and let’s be honest, who really listens during marriage counseling anyways (because you think you are going to boss the thing). And the birthing classes, although helpful (more like overly explicit and unnecessarily intense) when it came time for the birthing process, never told us what to actually do when the thing came out.

The Holy Spirit on the other hand  has a very clear job description that is three-fold. Knowing this helps us to know the third member of the trinity a little bit better. I only dealt with two on Sunday but another very important job of the Holy Spirit must be noted here.

1. The Holy Spirit Reminds us of the gospel. John 14:26 says But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.” Tim Keller notes in his book “Meaning of Marriage” that “Jesus spoke of the Holy Spirit primarily as the ‘Spirit of Truth’ (Jn 14:17) who will remind you of everything I have said to you.” Furhter, he stated “The Holy Spirit’s task is to unfold the meaning of Jesus’ person and work to believers in such a way that the glory of it – its importance and beauty – is brought home to mind and heart.”

2. The Holy Spirit Empowers Us for Mission. Not only does the Holy Spirit secure our hearts in Christ (Eph 1:13-14), constantly reminding us of our new identities because of the work of the gospel in our lives; but He also empowers us for the mission of Jesus (Acts 1:8 “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”).

3. The Holy Spirit is our Comforter. You might have noticed in the verse I referenced above (Jn 14:26) the word “helper”. Some translations (I prefer the ESV) read comforter. The Greek word is parakletos. It can be defined as one who pleads another’s cause before a judge. It’s great to have an advocate. We all probably have one or two of those (a spouse, a parent, a boss, a best friend etc.). It’s even greater when our greatest advocates are two members of the trinity. Jesus is probably your go-to when it comes to intercession, right? He better be. He is the lone mediator between God and man because of His redemptive, atoning, divine wrath-bearing work on the cross. But the Holy Spirit can to be our go-to as well. Why? Because he is called our comforter, our advocate, our helper. Romans 8:26 says “Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.”  Sometimes, we just don’t even know what to say to the Father and need someone to speak on our behalf. The Holy Spirit does that.

The Holy Spirit loves to bear your burdens. It’s His job after all. Let Him do His job in your life and watch how different your life will look.


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