The Most Experienced Teacher
Read John 14:25-26
“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” John 14:26
You’ve heard it before. “Experience is the best teacher” is a well known phrase and mantra often thrown around when one is reflecting in hindsight. It comes from a belief that certain lessons can only be learned first-hand. While most would agree that experience serves as a powerful reminder, it’s the personal nature of experience that leaves a lasting impact. But, is it truly the best way to learn?
In chapter 14 of the book of John, Jesus explains to His disciples how they will be impacted after His physical departure from the earth. Even though the disciples will be without their Lord in the flesh, they are promised another guide in the Holy Spirit. He will be their teacher, and His ministry will endure because He is guaranteed to remain with them forever (John 14:16-17). Essentially, the Holy Spirit will teach the disciples what they need to know in order to grow and develop the way Jesus intended.
To this day, the Holy Spirit continues the very integral aspect of Jesus’s teaching ministry. Thanks to Him, we will never be without a teacher in life. When we relinquish control to someone who knows more than we do, we are posturing ourselves to be led in safety. Moreover, as His disciples, we will always be commissioned to learn knowing that we will be accountable for applying what we have been taught. For this reason, the Holy Spirit will be our trusted source that we can always go to. He will teach us lessons so that we do not have to figure them out on our own. And more powerful than experience, the Holy Spirit has the reservoir of knowledge to reveal anything and everything to us because there is nothing He does not know (1 Cor 2:11; 1 John 3:20).
Likewise, if we ever have times when we forget the Word, the Holy Spirit is there to remind us. He will show us that it’s not subjective even if it seems like it. He communicates clearly in what we think are grey areas. And, He will reintroduce the standards given to us by Jesus. So instead of learning through trial and error- and wasting the time, energy and resources experience involves- the Holy Spirit will save us from always having to learn the hard way. With Him, we will never have to settle for ignorance since we never have to rely solely on ourselves. We’ve been given the Helper, who will aid us all along the way.
In this life, it’s too costly to learn only through experience. Instead of putting yourself through everything, listen and learn from the Holy Spirit – the most experienced teacher.
Reflection: What do you need the Holy Spirit to teach you concerning ministry, family, relationships etc?
What advice will you ask the Holy Spirit for today?
Prayer: Father God, thank You for the gift and promise of the Holy Spirit. I am grateful that I do not have to do this life on my own. When I become forgetful, may I rely on the Holy Spirit to remind me of what I need to know. May I continually position myself to be taught by Him and not by experience. In Jesus name, Amen.
By Deborah Nimoh