John 14:16-18 “And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.”
While Jesus walked the earth, He made a certain promise to His disciples which extended to the living church. He promised the Holy Spirit would indwell them, thus by this Jesus would be with them. They would not be left as orphans, meaning they would be treated as orphans by the world.
When one is saved, it can pretty much feel as Jesus said, you have been abandoned by the world as you are separated from the world. Jesus points this out exactly by saying “the world”, meaning unbelievers. The distinction is that you are indwelled by the Holy Spirit of which is resisted and rejected by the unbelieving world.
You are left then as an orphan by these unbelievers. They abandon you. This can mean your immediate family, your close friends, your community, all leaving you by the wayside because of the Holy Spirit who now indwells you. But Jesus’ promise is that by this indwelling you really aren’t going to be left as an orphan because He has adopted you in His family now.
Anyone who has experienced being a Christian orphan from the world can understand the trying time this can be. Loneliness, shunning, coldness, meanness can come instantly from the world around you. Your friends stop calling, a relationship can suddenly end, your family acts much differently as they shun you, you are treated as an outcast, a weird religious person to avoid, and there will much talk going on behind your back. Why is this? Because God is their enemy, you are now their enemy as well.
Still being here in the flesh and this fallen world, it can be trying and painful. The world treats you as an orphan, but Jesus treats you as His family which will take this pain away. And make NO mistake, you will be tempted to be re-adopted back by the world if they see any weakness, if you compromise your faith or the Gospel to them. Some will try and try to tempt you, some will give up immediately as they cannot make sense of this Holy Spirit indwelling you nor do they want to make sense of Him.
Jesus never said it wouldn’t be a struggle. But what He did say is that you are not being left as orphans so get that out of your mind. Show the world who adopted you! The Lord God Almighty! Knowing full well, that Jesus is with you always. So the world might seem like a cold, dark, and lonely place now, but you are never alone! He is with you! And cheer up because Jesus made this promise and told you what would happen, it should give you more strength in your faith seeing this promise come true!
Christmas season can be a confusing and lonely time of the year for Christian orphans, especially the newborns. The world will be running off into materialism, serving pagan idols and doing sinful things, and shunning the Christian orphans while seemingly celebrating the birth of Christ. While it might feel like a lonely time, know that you have God indwelling you! Turn to Him! The comfort you have that they don’t have? You have a direct line to God day and night, they do not have this. So cheer up and share this joy and your light of the Gospel! You aren’t alone and will never be alone, God has promised this! You are now adopted into His eternal family, take heart in this!