Describe Yourself

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Today’s Scripture: John 14

Have you ever been asked to describe yourself in three words, or even in just one? This question is often used in job interviews or in icebreakers for small groups. We want to learn about each other in a quick way, and so we ask everyone to boil down their most important qualities and characteristics into a few words.

If you were to describe yourself as joyful, honest, and hard-working, you would not be saying that you never faltered in any of these characteristics. There are days when you feel lazy, mornings that bring frustration and stress, and sticky situations where you find yourself telling a lie. In John 14, Jesus is making statements and claims about himself, God the Father and the world.

Now imagine that you knew you were going to be killed and your time remaining on earth was short. The way it is going to end is brutal, violent, humiliating, excruciatingly painful, and will be drawn out as long as possible with supernatural, spiritual anguish. Capture those thoughts, and you have a glimpse into what Jesus was consciously aware of as he made these statements in John 14 (NIV):

  • Do not let your hearts be troubled (v. 1)
  • I am going to prepare a place for you … I will come back for you (v. 2-3)
  • I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me (v. 6)
  • Believe me when I say that I am the Father (v. 11)
  • I will not leave you (v. 18)

In the face of unspeakable physical, emotional, and spiritual torment, Jesus was focused on you.

In John 14:16 (NIV), Jesus introduces us to the Spirit and reveals how his presence enriches our lives in every way. Jesus says, “I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever.”

John 14:26 (NIV)
But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.”

If you have a very close friend, you know how comfortable it is to be able to relax and be yourself around him or her. That’s what the Holy Spirit wants us to do around him. He encourages, comforts, protects, and up-lifts unlike any other whom we’ll ever have in our life. He knows and wants what is best for us! The Holy Spirit is the author of the Bible, who inspired and directed the writing of each book, and knows how to bring each verse into our everyday lives. He helps us share the Good News of Christ with those around us, and he is our guide through the many twists and turns of our lives, always reminding us of God’s wisdom.

Questions:
When you think about the presence of God, do you feel at home? Is your home a place where you have cultivated the presence of God? What are the obstacles in your heart that are holding you back from entering his presence?

Next Steps:
Remember that the Holy Spirit is God’s blast of breath inside of you, guiding you to your truest self and most abundant life. If you want fresh air in your life, let him be your friend. It’s that simple.

Prayer:
Lord, help me know you more so that I may see and believe. Help me live a life led by your loving example, that each day may I grow in strength, joy, and peace like you. Thank you, Lord, for giving me the way to salvation and the confidence in knowing God because I know you. Amen.


This post was written by Gary Schnabel, a regular contributor to the LivingItOut Bible Study.


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  1. Julie
    Julie says:

    This is my favorite passage. I love the way you broke it down! I love knowing that Jesus has prepared a place for me! Thank you for reminding me to follow! Great article Gary!

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