From the moment that Jesus had first invited his disciples to follow Him, they had become entirely reliant on him. As was tradition, a disciple was dependent on their teacher for food, housing, provision, protection, direction, and leadership.
Here in this chapter, Jesus lets them know that very soon they were going to graduate. Jesus was preparing them to empty the nest because they were almost ready to become that which they were being prepared for. When He invited them to follow Him, He said, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Now they were to enter into that stage, and things were about to get real.
Jesus told them that He was about to go to the Father. Then He promised that while He wouldn’t be around, He would send His Spirit to His followers, who were active in His mission, to help them with that task. He promised that He would come to live in them by His Spirit and through that connection all of heaven’s resources would be theirs.
“When I am raised to life again, you will know that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. Those who accept my commandments and obey them are the ones who love me. And because they love me, my Father will love them. And I will love them and reveal myself to each of them.” John 14:20-21
When we are living with God’s mission in mind, we can have the confidence that His Spirit will give us the power we need for the task at hand. We do not need to think we are alone and on our own. That change in perspective makes all the difference to switch our mindset from limited to limitless and from impossible to possible.
• How can you live with the priority of God’s mission to reach the world?