Devotion: Monday, May 21, 2018
A Biblical, Christ-filled word to bless your lives.
Welcome to “Word from The Center” MONDAY, a devotional word from the Center of our faith, Jesus Christ, reflections from His Word. I’m Gregory Seltz. Today’s verse is from John 15:26–27 where Jesus says,
Jn 15:26 “But when the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father, he will bear witness about me… 16:14 He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you. 15 All that the Father has is mine; therefore I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you.
BOY, DO WE NEED A HELPER TODAY!
I’ve been in Washington D.C. for about 5 months now, and if there’s one thing that I’ve begun to realize anew, “Boy, we don’t just need “help”, we really need a helper.” One of the great temptations today is the pride that comes with our technological prowess and enormous wealth. With such an abundance of blessings, we are tempted to think that all problems are now within our grasp to be solved by the sheer force of our will alone. And the worst temptation of all, is to think that we can go it alone without God himself. That temptation is in D.C., but it’s in every human heart as well.
But the fact remains. When it comes to our spiritual challenges, our need for God, the problem is too big for us to fix. It’s not just knowing what needs fixing today. It’s knowing why and knowing how to do what’s necessary. Then, it’s having the capacity to make the hard choices to make it all work. We need a helper who has all the wisdom, all the patience, all the perseverance, and all the power, as well as the humility, to do all things perfectly not for himself, but for us. We don’t just need a helper. We need an incredible Helper who will deliver us the Savior we really need.
Henry Ford had a helper who was pretty special. His name was Charlie Steinmetz. Though physically challenged in many ways, Steinmetz had one of the greatest minds in the field of electricity that the world has ever known. Steinmetz built the great generators for Henry Ford in his first plant in Michigan, USA. One day, these generators broke down and the plant came to a halt. Ford brought in a variety of engineers, mechanics and helpers, but none of them could get the generators going again. They were losing money. So, Henry Ford called Steinmetz. The genius came, seem to just putter around for a few hours, and then threw the switch that put the great Ford plant back into operation.
A few days later Henry Ford received a bill from Steinmetz for $10,000. Although Ford was a very rich man, he returned the bill with a note: “Charlie, isn’t this bill just a little high for a few hours of tinkering around on those motors?”
Steinmetz returned the bill to Ford. This time it read: “For tinkering around on the motors: $10. For knowing where to tinker: $9,990. Total: $10,000.” Henry Ford paid the bill.
Jesus, the Creator and the Redeemer of the World had the expertise to do what no one else could, reconcile the sinful world back to God the Father through the Cross. The Holy Spirit is our helper, who uses the Word of God to show us our need for Jesus, as well as creating faith in Him for our salvation. Thank God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, that He not only knows where to tinker for our life and salvation, but He has paid the bill for it to be so as well.
PRAYER: Dear Holy Spirit, thank you for being the divine Helper that shows me my sin, my need for a Savior. Then, joy of joys, thank you for bringing me the blessings of Jesus’ work for my salvation. When the temptations of this world come, strengthen me to in Jesus, to trust in God’s Word more and more each day. AMEN.