Every year as a church, we pray & fast corporately for 21 days to get clear direction from God for our lives and the new year. This year, we will be reading the book of John together (1 chapter a day). Today is Day 14.
Today’s Reading: John, Chapter 14
Author: Lin Rinderknecht
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6
We read this, and yet so many times we choose to go our own way. Why is it that we think we know a better way than Jesus in this life? How’s that working for us?
I know that in the past, during my “BC” (before Christ) days, I was very head-strong and stubborn. I didn’t want to listen to counsel from anyone because I thought that I knew best how to navigate my life. I had been belittled, mistreated, and betrayed by even some family members to the point that I didn’t trust anyone.
Life was something to just survive and that took struggle. The fairytales were all lies!
So, when a young man at work told me about Jesus being the way--the way to an abundant life, I just laughed and made fun of him. However, over time as I watched this young man’s life that was so dedicated to God, I saw something different in him and in his life. He was joyful. He knew he was loved by God. I saw the truth. I saw the way. I saw Jesus. I wanted that truth in my life. I wanted that love. I wanted Jesus!
I had to see beyond all the hurt and disappointment of man’s doing to see the love of the Lord beckoning me to follow His way, His truth, His life.
And when I did, everything in my life changed. God filled me with His love and His life!
I am so grateful for that young man’s example of a true believer and all his prayers for me. Now, I strive to be that example to others and that channel of God’s love. I try to live my life to see beyond my circumstances to God’s purposes. My hope and my prayer is that someday as I go to the Father I will hear, “Well done good and faithful servant.”
What is your hope and your prayer? Have you seen beyond yourself to seek the Lord’s will for your life? Or do you think you know better?
I challenge you in 2020 to see beyond your circumstances and make your commitment and your connection to God real, then be that example to others.
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