“Help Me Help You!”, says the Holy Spirit

Sometimes, the Holy Spirit channels a bit of Jerry Maguire in the life of the Christian, so to speak. He is there as the ‘Helper’ who wants to see us become the great Child of God, but in order to do that, He has to help us by convicting us of our sins – by helping us break away fom the prison of our own pride, ambitions and dreams.

In the movie Jerry Maguire, Tom Cruise plays the role of an agent who is helping an NFL player played by Cuba Gooding jr. Cuba Gooding jr wants to make BIG money and is unwilling to accept the low paying contracts that Tom Cruise brings him. Tom Cruise says that if his client is unwilling to take the low paying contracts now he will never have the opportunity to work up to the higher paying contracts later.  His client is afraid that if he starts with low paying contracts he will be stuck there forever.  Tom Cruise realizes that his client’s own pride, ambition, and dreams are imprisoning him so to cajole him to accept the reality, Tom Cruise says, “Help me, help you.”  By this he means  “accept the bitter pill of humility now, so that you will be ready for greater glory.”

Sometimes, the Holy Spirit channels a bit of Jerry Maguire in the life of the Christian, so to speak. He is there as the ‘Helper.’ He wants to see us become a great Child of God. To do that He has to help us by convicting us of our sins – by helping us break away from the prison of our own pride, ambitions and dreams. Jesus tells His disciples about the Holy Spirit coming as the ‘Helper’.

John 15:7 Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you. 8 And when he comes, he will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment

Of course, the point at which this Jerry Maguire analogy breaks is if someone were to assume that the goal of the Holy Spirit helping is our own self-aggrandizement. In Jerry Maguire, the agent helps the player bask in his self-glorification. The purpose of the Holy Spirit helping us is for us to be in union with Christ so that He is glorified.

Author: Emmanuel R Paulpeter

I am a writer, spiritual director, life coach and a Church Planter who love all things pop culture, theology and spirituality.

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