Throughout history, exceptional helpers have appeared on the scene during times of hardship and affliction. Like superheroes, they take on the riskiest challenges. They fight off the meanest villains, transforming a day of terror into a day of peace. They perform selfless acts of deliverance, kindness, or service on behalf of others.
It seems like they don’t even recognize their own super powers. When hardship or affliction materializes, the ordinary helper becomes extraordinary. Seeing a fire, they’re the first ones running into a burning building. Hearing a desperate call for help, they’re the ones who travel for miles to face unfamiliar dangers. Learning about a need or a shortage, they will travel across state lines to help and bring hope.
People like Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, are working tirelessly to keep us safe and informed. Nurses, doctors, public service officials, scientists, and many others have put their lives on pause and on-the-line to heal, educate the public, develop a vaccine, provide safety, and offer food during this discomforting time. They are the helpers God has sent us in this modern-day hardship. I congratulate them and praise God for their sacrifice.
But looking further back in time, I am reminded of a 6th century helper called the Holy Spirit. In John 14:15-21, Jesus tells a story about how this helper will live forever within us and will strongly resonate inside those who believe in Him. It’s a heartwarming love story of a friend who looks out for the people He loves.
It’s a story about Jesus, His disciples, the Holy Spirit, and you. Jesus knew the chaos His departure would cause the disciples when He returned to Heaven. So, He told them about a gift they would receive that would never die or leave them – The Holy Spirit. This helper wasn’t just for them, but would come alongside “every believer.”
The impact would be huge! He would become the most significant helper believers would ever know. His goals for helping were simple, but not limited to, comforting, advocating, guiding, and to be an intercessor for the benefit of the sender (Jesus). And you want to know the best part? He would never leave us. Never!
The Holy Spirit was an all-inclusive God gift that would have every quality you and I need in the absence of Jesus. The Holy Spirit wouldn’t be lacking in any area. You need peace? He has it. You’re feeling lost? He can help you find your way. You lost your job? Ask Him for help and provision.
With this type of help available to us, we should never feel like orphans left alone. So, why wouldn’t we utilize Him? Why go it alone? We have one of the Godheads residing in us. How wonderful is that! I must confess, I haven’t always done a good job of remembering this or always dug deeper to know Him better.
It’s a growing process for me. But, recently, I have been trying to make him more comfortable living within my temple. I have also come to realize something: He is calling all of us to be helpers. After all, if the Holy Spirit is our helper and he lives in us, shouldn’t we reflect some of His indispensable nature? Shouldn’t we follow His example of coming alongside someone in need? Shouldn’t we become a helper? I think so. And if you agree, join me. Start small with achievable goals and let’s become our Father’s Helper.
“I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever; that is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not see Him or know Him, but you know Him because He abides with you and will be in you. I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.” (John 14:16-18, NASB)
— Brenette Wilder of Lee’s Summit, Mo., (formerly of Altheimer, Ark.), is president of Kansas City Teen Summit.