“But the anointing that you received from him abides in you, and you have no need that anyone should teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about everything, and is true, and is no lie—just as it has taught you, abide in him.” 1 John 2:27 (ESV)
John makes the amazing statement in this verse that true followers of Jesus have no need for anyone to teach them. This is not some little known disciple. This is John…one of the twelve Apostles, one of the inner 3, and as John himself said…the one whom Jesus loved.
The reason John gives for this assertion is the anointing of the Holy Spirit. Prior to Pentecost, godly men and women would receive special gifting from the Holy Spirit, but it was always temporary and for a specific purpose. At Pentecost, the Holy Spirit came to dwell within believers on a permanent ongoing basis.
John recognizes that since we have God living within us, we have the capacity to interact with Him and learn from Him. The problem is that even though millions of Christians have the Holy Spirit within them, they have not learned the basic habit of abiding with Him. Instead, they busily go about their life looking to church leadership to supply the teaching they need. Church leaders can definitely be helpful teachers, but they should never replace the indwelling Holy Spirit.
John’s lesson for us today is to take the time necessary to develop an abiding in Jesus.
This is difficult for us as busy physicians. We often take call and work more hours in a week than most people. Our time is limited and our energy level is even less. Yet, we desperately need to abide in Him if we want to keep ourselves from going down wrong paths and have any eternal impact through our lives.
The best way to develop this abiding is through the discipline of daily devotions. Use that precious time to connect with the inner Holy Spirit and listen to His leading. Feel free to change the format of your devotional time as needed. This will help keep them from becoming mechanical and dry. Focus on connecting with God rather than learning about Him. Remember…you have the anointing of the Holy Spirit to help you!
Prayer: Lord, teach me what it means to abide in You.