I didn’t have many mechanics, carpenters, or handymen to hang around with as I was growing up and I also didn’t go out of my way to find any. As a consequence, I don’t have the skills that some others have. I’m not totally incompetent (not totally). But there have been times I have asked people to “help me” do something or fix something, and what ends up happening is that they do the work while I hand them wrenches and screwdrivers.
Something just struck me this morning as I was looking at some Scripture. On several occasions Jesus spoke of sending us a Helper. In John 16:7 Jesus says, “It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away the Helper will not come to you.” Can you see where I’m going? Jesus said He was going to send us a Helper, which is the Spirit.
While the Holy Spirit is called our “Helper”, in reality I find myself watching in amazement as the Spirit works in and through my life. I deserve no credit. While I ask the Spirit to help, I understand that all I’m doing is handing the Spirit wrenches and screwdrivers. Without the Holy Spirit, I am incompetent….totally.