I made known to them your name, and I will continue to make it known, that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them. ~John 17:26
As we prepare for Easter, this week, I feel compelled to share a short excerpt from my book Take 21: Bursts of Quiet With God.
John 17 is a prayer of Jesus to His Father tying up his earthly ministry that His Father sent Him to complete. In this chapter, Jesus is asking for God’s truth and love to be manifested in those who God gave Him to nurture and cultivate and show them the Father.
In this sincere and loving prayer, we can learn how we too can go to the Father with our hearts wide open for the purpose of:
- Discerning His wisdom and will
- Seeking open eyes and hearts to understand and know His love.
- Showing God that we have accomplished the work that He has placed in our hearts to do.
- Offering our prayer of praise and thanksgiving, and
- Honoring God with humble hearts knowing that our lives are held in the very palm of his hand.
If you read through the Gospel of John, you will surely encounter many twists and turns, a few ruts and rocks and especially some mystery laced with scandal. My greatest hope for those who read through the Book of John is that you will take time to maneuver around the bends in the road, nurse the bruises caused by convicting pebbles of truth, and look beyond the scandal to uncover the truths of the mysterious.
And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. ~John 17:3
We find throughout the Gospel of John is that TRUE FAITH is not found in what WE feel, think, experience. Actually,
TRUE FAITH is not about selfish actions, it is about selfless belief.
A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic … or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse. You can shut him up for a fool, you can spit at him and kill him as a demon or you can fall at his feet and call him Lord and God, but let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about his being a great human teacher.
He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to. ~C.S. Lewis
If you are seeking to GROW your faith and learn more, my book, Take 21: Bursts of Quiet With God is six adventures through the Bible. Get quiet with God and grow your faith today!