“If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, to be with you forever. This is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, because he abides with you, and he will be in you. “I will not leave you orphaned; I am coming to you. In a little while the world will no longer see me, but you will see me; because I live, you also will live. On that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you. They who have my commandments and keep them are those who love me; and those who love me will be loved by my Father, and I will love them and reveal myself to them.” Judas (not Iscariot) said to him, “Lord, how is it that you will reveal yourself to us, and not to the world?” Jesus answered him, “Those who love me will keep my word, and my Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. Whoever does not love me does not keep my words; and the word that you hear is not mine, but is from the Father who sent me. “I have said these things to you while I am still with you. But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything, and remind you of all that I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid. (John 14:15-27, NRSV)
I do not give as the world gives…
I admit when I read this passage, this time, I thought of the term Indian giver. So then I did a little research on the term Indian giver. Merriam-Webster defines Indian giver as: “a person who gives something to another and then takes it back or expects an equivalent in return.” They also say that the term is sometimes offensive. Here are a couple other links for some reading on the term, one from NPR and one from Wikipedia.
But how else does the world give? I learned in classes in school about systems of society set up on the you give me a gift, and I then have to give you something just as nice if not nicer. When we talk about grace being a gift, what do we have to give God for that kind of gift?
But God does not give as the world does. He is not going to come back later and take the gift away, nor does He expect anything in response to the gift He has given. Be that the gift of grace, or the gift of the Holy Spirit.
So accept the gift of the Spirit living in you and leading you through life, and proclaim Jesus to the world. So that all may see His good works and give glory to our Father in Heaven!