In John 14:26, Jesus promised that after he went away, he would send the Holy Spirit to “remind you of everything I have said to you.” One of the ways the Holy Spirit reminds us of Jesus is by the lives of people who have been inspired by the example of Jesus’ life, as in this story by William Willimon.
In my last congregation, there was a woman who had lived a very difficult life. She had been in pain much of her adult life due to a terrible degenerative bone disease. Her young son had died of luekemia. Her husband left her shortly after that. She had had a tough life.
And yet she was always smiling. Anyone in that congregation would tell you that she always seemed to put the most positive face on everything. Through all congregational crises, she kept reminding us of the bright side of the matter. She always seemed to have just the right word of encouragement at the right time amidst our periodic discouragements.
“Jane is a reminder to me,” said one person in the congregation, “of what this faith is all about. She reminds me that, if you trust in the love of Jesus, the world can be different.”
John 14:25-27 — (Jesus said), “All this I have spoken while still with you. But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”
I Corinthians 4:14-17 — I am writing this not to shame you but to warn you as my dear children. Even if you had ten thousand guardians in Christ, you do not have many fathers, for in Christ Jesus I became your father through the gospel. Therefore I urge you to imitate me. For this reason I have sent to you Timothy, my son whom I love, who is faithful in the Lord. He will remind you of my way of life in Christ Jesus, which agrees with what I teach everywhere in every church.
Matthew 5:14-16 — (Jesus said), “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hid. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”
O Lord, uphold me, that I may uplift you. Increase in me the knowledge of your truth. In the truth which I know, establish me; whatever I ought to know, teach me; in truths in which I waver, strengthen me; in things in which I am deceived, correct me; in things hard to understand, guide me; and from untruths, deliver me. Send your light and truth, and let them lead me. Amen. –Author unknown