daily devotional

“And when He comes, He will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment.” John 16:8

Most people would agree that the Holy Spirit is important to believers. But did you know He is vitally important to unbelievers as well? To understand this truth we can go back to something Jesus said about the Holy Spirit to His disciples before He was crucified, resurrected, and ascended into heaven.

Jesus had been preparing His disciples for His departure. He let them know that it was going to be their job to continue His ministry by making disciples of all nations. Their job would be to take His message to unbelievers and to lead them to faith in Christ to grow the Church. They must have been terrified! How in the world would they ever convince anyone of who Jesus was and what He did? They knew they were totally inadequate for the job. How often do we as Christians today feel this way?

Ninety percent of all Christians have never shared their faith in Jesus with anyone. Part of the problem is they feel they cannot do it…they feel inadequate. And they are right. All of us – in and of ourselves – are inadequate. This is why Jesus told His disciples, “It would be far better for you to have the Holy Spirit inside of you than for Me to be right beside you,” (John 16:7). Why is that true?

John 16:8 says, “And when He comes, He will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment.” The word “convict” in this verse means, “to convince beyond the shadow of a doubt.” There are certain things that an unbeliever must be confronted with, convicted by, and convinced of before he will ever be converted and come to faith in Jesus Christ. This is something only the Holy Spirit can accomplish.

We can only come to God through Jesus; and we can only come to Jesus through the work of the Holy Spirit. If you are a believer, your job is simply to be a witness for Jesus. It is the Spirit’s job to bring people to faith in Christ. If you are not a believer, you will only come to Jesus when you stand convicted of your need for a Savior.

Application: Do you understand the importance of the Holy Spirit’s work in your life?


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

27Apr 2018

For God so loved the world… John 3:16 Love is an amazing word, but it’s also a fickle word. Overused, overemphasized, misused, mistreated, misinterpreted. We love our spouses and children; but we also love baseball, ice cream, and a good joke. Love has so many levels and layers that it should have been replaced by […]

26Apr 2018

“Jesus replied: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’”  Matthew 22:37 Years ago, pop star Whitney Houston scored a hit record with her song, “The Greatest Love of All.” What was her idea of the greatest love? Listen to the lyrics and you’ll […]

25Apr 2018

“Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” Proverbs 4:23 Scripture teaches that we are to love God with all of our heart, soul, mind and strength. Simply put, this means we are to love God with every single fiber of our being. We are to love Him with everything we […]

24Apr 2018

“We love because He first loved us.” 1 John 4:19 The New Testament is full of references to God’s love for us. John 3:16 is perhaps the most popular, and tells us that God loved us so much that He sent His Son to die for our sins. Romans 5:8 tells us that God showed His […]

23Apr 2018

“Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together. One of them, an expert in the Law, tested Him with this question: ‘Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?’” Matthew 22:34-36 Jesus was widely known during His time in public ministry, but He was not necessarily widely liked – especially by the […]

20Apr 2018

“Has the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice.”  1 Samuel 15:22 For many, a relationship with God is not so much a blessing as it is an equation. They’ve convinced themselves if they go through the motions, […]