Spiritual Gifts | Devotion #3: My Favorite Teacher
Noble Baird | Community Center Director
Well, Christmas is over. The planning, wrapping, decorating, baking, hosting, and all the programs are over. However, if you are like me, you will take a breather for a couple of days before you begin to reflect and evaluate on what next Christmas will hold. I remember the first year I had the opportunity to run the Toys 4 Tots program for Northern Oakland County; it was crazy! Our location in Holly became the main application, drop-off point, and toy pick-up destination for all of north Oakland County. However, there was one problem, we began three weeks into the program’s season. Needless to say, there was a considerable amount of running around between Lake Orion, Oxford, Clarkston, and Auburn Hills. I was loading up toys until l I could not see out the back window. Then when I got back to Holly, I would sort all the toys, only to get a call to go running back out for more. It was a crazy experience, but to see the impact these toys had as mothers and fathers were able to put gifts under the tree, made it all worth it.
In John chapter 14, Jesus tells His disciples (and us) about His departure from this earth. However, as He knows His departure is at hand, He already had a plan in place, so that we would not be left alone. That plan was the coming of the Holy Spirit, to dwell in us as followers of Christ. One of the amazing characteristics that the Holy Spirit takes on for us as followers is to be our teacher. Jesus says in John 14:25-26, “These things I have spoken to you while I am still with you. But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.” Here, Jesus is explaining how the Spirit will continue to reveal, improve, and guide us in our daily lives.
Much like I continually evaluate on how to improve and learn from each year we take on Toys 4 Tots, the Spirit is at continual work inside us as followers of Christ. He is not dwelling in us just to catch us in our sin or point out our flaws. Just as Christ said, He is dwelling in us to teach us, reprove us, and remind us of all that God is revealing in His Word. I know for me personally, I am never done learning. There are always areas and events where I can improve upon or tweak, both at work and in my personal walk with Christ!
So, as the Christmas haze begins to settle and we etch closer to the New Year, I want to challenge you. Take some time to look back and listen. Maybe you need to evaluate the past month of your life or maybe this past year; were you a good listener? Did you do your best with the task at hand or did you try to do things on your own and ignore the teachings in God’s Word? It is always good to take a step back and evaluate. I encourage you to take some time this week to step back and listen, open God’s Word, evaluate, and let the Helper guide and improve you.