Today's Reading - John 14:1-14
Have you ever had a conversation with someone in which you were expected to know what they were talking about but just did not? That is a little how I envision this conversation Jesus is having with his disciples. Jesus is telling them about this amazing place that He is preparing for them and that He will one day take them to. Jesus says, “You know the way to the place where I am going” (vs. 4). But do they? Thomas, good old Thomas, he seems to always be the one who says what everyone else is thinking. Thomas says now wait Lord, how can we know how to get there when we don’t even know where it is you are going? Jesus answers so very clearly, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” I can just see the dumbfounded looks on the faces of the disciples. In my daughter Silvia’s words, “Wait, what??” The disciples still do not understand. So Philip gives it a try. He says, “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us” (vs. 8). Now that question must have really hurt Jesus’ feelings. He tells him, really Philip, after all this time, you still don’t know who I am? How can you say that to me, don’t you believe me? If you don’t believe my words then at the very least, believe the evidence of the miracles performed!
Now before you go judging those disciples and calling them dunces, think about what Jesus is saying to them. Think about what we have, the Bible, the complete story, and how we still don’t get it. Do we truly believe Jesus’ words? In verse 12 Jesus says, “I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. (Italics added)” I don’t know about you but I cant imagine doing anything greater than the works of Jesus. He healed people and brought them up, I feel like too often, my words bring people down. Jesus gave everything to the poor; how many times have I walked by a homeless person without even a second thought? Jesus loved all people all the time, always giving of Himself without anything in return - I feel pulled in so many different directions that sometimes I feel I don’t have anything left to give. Does any of that sound familiar? The truth is we can’t do any of those things Jesus did, not on our own. But Jesus isn’t asking us to do; He is asking us to have faith in Him. He will do all those things for you, if you have faith in Him, if you ask Him. Will you join me today in asking Jesus for the faith needed to be amazing!
Will you pray for greater faith?
Are you willing to give up control of your life to the Lord?
Who will you invite to church on Sunday?
Ok put down the Bible and live this week like it's the last!
by Laura Arana