The pressure…the stress…the last minute things… the to do list that appears to get longer rather than shorter. We have all felt this as we prepare for a long trip or a big presentation.
If you have ever left your home and work for a few weeks you have felt the stress. Imagine that you were leaving for half a year to travel halfway across the world, and you know better how we felt as we were preparing to leave for furlough. Missionaries leave house, friends, ministry, job, church-family, outreach opportunities, and evangelistic contacts. However, all of that pales in comparison when we take a moment to reflect.
Imagine how Jesus felt, humanly speaking, as he was not just leaving the ministry for a few months, but leaving 11 sinful and selfish men with the future of Christianity in their hands.
How could he do that? What is the key? The Holy Spirit.
The Spirit came to dwell here for incredibly important reasons!
Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.
And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:
Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.
He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you.
John 16:7-8, 13-14
The same comforter who came alongside those early believers is with the believers that we left in Peru.
He will strengthen them to do the work. He will comfort them in their trials. He will make them fruitful. He will draw souls to himself, even using the testimony of fallen people.
The same reproof that the Spirit works as we study the Bible with unbelievers is the Spirit who continues to convict and reprove the unsaved as our church body carries out the work of the great commission.
The same Spirit that drew people to Jesus 2000 years ago continues to work in souls today.
May we be thankful for the Holy Spirit who is in us and pray that the Spirit would glorify Jesus through us and those we disciple.