Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Advocates for Jesus Christ!

Advocate: to speak, plead, or argue in favor; supporter or defender of a cause. Also “one called alongside”.
1 John 2:1 ….And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the father, Jesus Christ the righteous, and he himself is the propitiation for our sins; and not for ours only, but also for those of the whole world.
This word advocate somehow got into my head today. Don’t ask why, but I was struggling all day with the meaning, so then I finally looked up the definition. I even tried to tie it in biblically and it did! This is what I got…it’s so awesome. The word advocate means to support, to help, to be alongside one. In 1 John, as you can see, God is our advocate (especially with sin). Through our lives in every area God is alongside supporting us in need, love, and hope one-hundred percent, all the time. Eventually God calls us to support, defend, and speak on his behalf. We become like the defense attorney for God. Some of us (like me) get nervous with this task. Hebrews 4:15 “For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin.” What this means is we are not just working alongside someone that just sympathizes with what we struggle with but has actually experienced the very same things we have experienced. This in itself gives us confidence in our faith. This encourages me because I know Jesus did the very same thing I am doing and that is standing up for God. He gave his life for him. How cool is this? This builds up so much excitement and anticipation inside! Maybe this week and continuously we can think about how we could become better advocates for God in our lives. God has a separate plan for all of us individually but we are called to be his advocates just as we expect him to be ours. We are called to be the supporters, defenders, and lovers of Jesus Christ!


Blogger Makarios said...

Mmm, doing the same as Jesus did. Good thoughts. Thank you

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