“My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.” I John 2:1-2
I think back to a time when I found myself unemployed and in need of a job. At that time, Rebekah worked closely with many of the executives in her company and they knew many people and had a lot of connections. I was hopeful that with the people she knew and the connections they had that I would be employed sooner rather than later.
One of the people she knew offered to meet with me and help me find a job. I had met this lady several times before and was quite excited for the meeting because I knew she was well connected in the community. I arrived at the scheduled time, dressed to be hired on the spot. She brought me to a large conference room where she asked a lot of questions and even suggested I go back to school to pursue a different degree. She told me it would only take a couple of years to get another degree and then I could pursue another avenue of employment. I was not thrilled with what she was saying as she seemed to be putting up more roadblocks than helping me find a job. I was hoping for leads - not looking to see my old college counselor.
I left the meeting discouraged and as unemployed as I was when I walked in. I thought I had an advocate to help me find a job, but the meeting was fruitless. I soon to begin to realize that my hope was not in my connections and the people I knew. I began to realize that my greatest hope was in God, and I had failed to see Him as my greatest Advocate.
It does not take much for us to get distracted and sidetracked from who is really important. Then we get into a tight spot in life and suddenly become hyper-spiritual. I am comforted by these verses to know I have an advocate in Jesus Christ. He has paid the price for my sin and pleads my case with the Father. He is without sin and the only One capable of satisfying the payment for our sin. There is nothing that we could do to atone or pay for our sin, but Jesus paid the price in full on our behalf. He is our true Advocate and our true help.
What about you? Are you trusting in people, money or circumstances to be your advocate? Are you hoping to do enough good so those works even out the bad on your perceived scales of justice? Will you accept the only true and full payment of your sin? Will you allow Jesus Christ to be your Advocate? Christian, you have already chosen Jesus to be your Advocate for your sin payment. Will you also choose Him as your Advocate for your physical, spiritual and emotional needs? May our first choice be Jesus Christ and may we never forget we have an Advocate in Him.
Stay in the fight!