Jesus Christ is the most important thing in this world. He is “the way, the truth and the life.” He not a way. He is not a truth. He is not a life. He is it.
“Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6)
As Aaron Budjen says, “He’s not the consolation prize.” As believers in Him, as followers of Him, as His children . . . He truly is all that we need.
“‘…However, when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?'” (Luke 18:8b)
There are so many things in this life that can distract us from the simple fact that Jesus Christ is the way, the truth and the life. These things begin to take priority in our lives; these other things — as “good” as they may be — become more important to us than Jesus.
Those things are “a knowledge of good and evil.” Remember that tree that mankind was forbidden to eat from? When we live by a knowledge of good and evil, by doing what is right and not doing what is wrong, by adhering to rules, by living according to commandments, by joining the right group, by being accepted by the right people . . . whatever ‘system of good and evil’ that governs your life, it will kill your faith in Jesus.
So He asks, “When I return, will I find anyone who trusts me?” Anyone!?
Isn’t that scary!? I certainly do not want to be in that category; I don’t want to be counted among those who have no faith. I want to live my life in response to what He has shown me to be true, and what He is presently showing me . . . as He guides me into all truth.
Father, we want to be branches that bear fruit; branches that are well nourished by Your love, and that bear the fruit of the Spirit.
“‘Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit, He prunes it so that it may bear more fruit.'” (John 15:2)
Father, prune us that we may bear more fruit; that we may know you better.
“Catch the foxes for us, The little foxes that are ruining the vineyards, While our vineyards are in blossom.” (Song of Solomon 2:15)
What little fox is in my life that is preventing me from trusting you today?
I want You to be the only WAY I live; the only TRUTH I believe in; the only LIFE I devote myself to. Nothing else is as important as You.
April 20, 2017