WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 4
“concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father, and you will see Me no longer”
John 16:10 ESV
DEPEND ON THE SPIRIT TO MAKE YOU RIGHT
The Holy Spirit not only helps us see our sinfulness but He also helps us see our need for righteousness. A goldsmith will keep the gold on the fire, melting it into a liquid state, where the impurities will rise to the surface, and he is able remove the impurities. He knows he has pure gold when he can see his own reflection in the molten metal. God’s plan is that our lives become a reflection of Jesus Christ.
2 Corinthians 2:5:20-21 reads, “Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making His appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake He made Him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.” God wants to use us as His ambassadors to help others find peace with God through Jesus Christ.
It’s only by the work of the Holy Spirit that any of us can go to heaven or “to the Father.” We aren’t righteous enough on our own. And just like that goldsmith works the impurities of the gold, the Holy Spirit is working impurities out of us. And just like that goldsmith uses heat to work out the impurities, often the Holy Spirit uses heat in our lives to purify us. Are there any areas in your life where you sense God’s heat? Pray that God would clean up those areas and continue to help you look more like Jesus for your sake and the sake of those around you.