I lead a student small group at my church. It is the highlight of my week. This week’s lesson focused on the Holy Spirit. Our discussion centered around one question:
How would your life be different if you lived knowing that Jesus is with you all the time?
I expected a variety of answers, each following the same pattern:
- I would make better choices.
- I would obey my parents.
- I would do the right thing.
- If I lived knowing Jesus is with me all the time, that would mean Jesus is watching me.
Fear would lead to change.
To be certain, I got some of these answers. Then, one student blew me away with his answer:
If I lived knowing Jesus was with me all the time, I wouldn’t be so afraid.
That young man has it right.
Jesus with me always does not lead to fear. He takes away all fear.
I imagined Jesus with me as if He was some kind of big brother out to get me if I misbehaved. However, that is not why Jesus said He is with me always.
Jesus is with me to teach me. (John 14:26)
Jesus is with me to guide me. (John 16:13)
Jesus is with me to convict me. (John 16:8)
Jesus is with me to pray for me. (Romans 8:26)
Jesus is with me to reveal God’s plans to me. (1 Corinthians 2: 6-14)
Jesus is with me to change me. (Galatians 5:16-26)
Jesus is with me because He loves me. (John 16:27. 28)
Jesus is with me to glorify God. (John 16:14)
Jesus with me affects how I live but not because of fear. Rather, I respond to Jesus’ constant presence in my life because of His love for me.
There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. ~1 John 4:18
We love because he first loved us. ~1 John 4:19
I am grateful for what I learned from my students during small group. Let’s keep the discussion going. How would your life be different if you lived knowing that Jesus is with you all the time?
I can’t wait to learn from you.