My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father–Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. 1 John 2:1
For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus. 1 Timothy 2:5
Therefore He is able to save completely those who draw near to God through Him, since He always lives to intercede for them. Hebrews 7:25
The above are important and comforting Bible verses about the role Jesus plays as our advocate, mediator, and intercessor. Jesus – through his life, death, and resurrection – brought us salvation, and we must only place our faith in Him and His finished work on the Cross. But He continues to advocate and intercede for us. That is good news. As we live our Christian life, Jesus is “on our side”!
Can you be an advocate for someone in this life? Of course, not in the same sense that Jesus was for us, but an advocate supports or recommends someone or something. A mediator serves as a go-between. An intercessor intervenes on behalf of another, especially through prayer.
Someone needs you. Do you have eyes to see who they are? Or are you so busy that you fail to notice?
When an older relative of mine was young, she was rather shy and backwards. In addition, she came from a poor and unimportant family, in a time and place where status mattered and would make it difficult to obtain opportunity. Prospects were not-so-good for her upon high school graduation, but a teacher at the school saw her potential and took her under her wing. This teacher recommended her for an employment position, and a helpful job was secured. My relative appreciates and remembers this 65 years later.
I used to volunteer at a crisis pregnancy center, and some of the counselors went above and beyond to assist clients. Clients are not always what you imagine. One client was a grandmother who had to take custody of her toddler grandchild because the daughter was a drug addict and criminal. The family was low income, uneducated, and lacked other advantages. The daughter stole the mom’s checkbook and wrote bad checks, but the mom was being blamed. Her attempts to explain this went unheard by authorities. The volunteer went to court with this woman and became her personal advocate. Her Sunday school class took up money and collected other items to help meet this woman’s needs as the court case and other struggles came her way.
Being an advocate for someone does not have to be complicated, and could actually be fairly simple. Once when I worked a home care position (as a nurse), a different respiratory therapist came out to check the client’s respiratory equipment. Compared to the previous individual, this person was drastically more thorough and helpful. (It was clear that the former individual had been doing a careless job.) The company that sent the respiratory therapist happened to call me about something, and I mentioned – in passing – that the new individual was fantastic. I found out later that this person got “employee of the month” due to my comments. I was glad I had said something.
Perhaps they really needed this positive feedback? Something puzzling that I have observed multiple times over the years is this: A good employee that is somehow overlooked and their exemplary qualities ignored – while a bad employee is promoted and given opportunity! What the? But I have seen it so many times, as well as in other settings like a church or community organization with volunteers.
Various factors come into play I suppose. Some good employees are self-effacing, while some bad ones are self-promoting – and there is an apparent lack of discernment about it. Sometimes the squeaky wheel gets the grease, even if it did not need grease! Or perhaps no one ever recommends the good employee because they assume it is known that they do a good job. But not necessarily, and that person may really need a positive word of endorsement from you on their behalf.
Who could you speak up for and assist?
Whose talent or skill could you recommend to another?
Who could you pray for? Jesus prayed for us today in John 17 – that always amazes me and encourages me. Who could you let know that you are praying for them?
Whose blog or book could you suggest to another? Writers need you! A bit self-serving since I am an author, but since becoming one in 2016, it has made me much more aware of what it is like to be an author. What comes to the mind of many are the NY Times bestselling authors who have plenty of opportunities and feedback, but they are a small percentage of authors. Most authors are not big time, but small time. Write a book review. It lets an author know that you appreciated their work. Share about their book on social media. You’ll note I have an “author assistance” tab at the top of my blog. If you are an author, maybe I could help you?