Day 14, Chapter 14
Belief is a risky thing. It is making a choice, moving toward one thing and moving away from another. It is a conviction acted upon, a loyalty given.
What we believe is of utmost importance. A. W. Tozer said, “What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.” In today’s reading of John 14, Jesus urges all who hear His words to actively, decidedly believe; here’s what He said:
“Believe in God;believe also in me.” (v. 1)
“I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (v. 6)
“If you had known me, you would have known my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.”
“Whoever has seen me has seen the Father.” (v. 9)
“Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me?” (v. 10)
“Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me, or else believe on account of the works themselves.” (v. 11)
“Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do.” (v. 12)
If Jesus is who He says He is—the very essence of God—then His urging for us to believe in Him is founded and right. His words and works confront us, push us to assess if we believe what He says.
Today, I’m proclaiming once again my belief that Jesus is who He claims. For more than 20 years now, I’ve pursued Jesus because He first pursued me and beckoned me to believe in Him. I’ve read plenty of accounts, plenty of dissenting opinions—not all, but enough. At some point, we have to take what we know and act upon it. Belief is a risk, but so is unbelief. I’m banking on Jesus.
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If you missed Days 1–14, no worries! Start with us tomorrow for Day 15, Chapter 15. All are welcome!