One of the greatest gifts Jesus gave us was the Holy Spirit. In John 14:26 He said, “But when the Father sends the Advocate as my representative—that is, the Holy Spirit—he will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I have told you” (NLT). Jesus gave us an advocate as a gift. He gave us someone who would speak and plead on our behalf. He knew that there would be times when we felt like we wouldn’t have a voice and needed one.
Not only that, the gift He gave us reminds us of the things He told us. There are so many times in life that we don’t know what to do. We need wisdom from above in our toughest times, and the Holy Spirit comforts us by reminding us of the promises of God. Those verses that come suddenly into our thoughts are not there by accident. The peace in the storm isn’t there by chance. They are the Holy Spirit at work in our lives.
One of the greatest gifts someone gave me was a car that I desperately needed when I couldn’t afford one. When they handed over the keys, I asked how I could repay them. They said, “One day, when you’re able to, do the same thing for someone else.” They knew that my life wouldn’t always be where it was. They had the foresight to know that one day, I would be in a better position than I was at that time. I believe the same principle applies with our need for the Advocate.
When we are no longer in desperate need for someone to plead on our behalf, I believe we can be an advocate for others. It is truly a godly act since that’s what He does. Proverbs 31:8 says, “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves; ensure justice for those being crushed.” There are people all around us who don’t have a voice, and we have the ability to advocate for them. One day, with God’s help and yours, they will be at a point where they can return the favor to someone else. It’s the gift that keeps on giving.