Observations from today’s readings and today’s S-WOD, Wednesday, 3 November 21:
John 6:37, 44, 45, 63, 65 — “All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out…. No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him. Everyone who has heard and learned from the Father comes to me…. It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh is no help at all…. This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless it is granted him by the Father.”
God chose you before you chose Him. God took the initiative in your relationship with Him. Had he not, you would not have a relationship with Him – “We love because he first loved us” (1 John 4:19). Life comes from the Spirit not from human effort. The fact that you were Chosen by God for eternal life should drive you to true worship, surrender, obedience, and love.
- 1 Thessalonians 1:4, 5 — For we know, brothers loved by God, that he has chosen you, because our gospel came to you not only in word, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction.
John 6:38 — “For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will but the will of him who sent me.”
Jesus proclaimed that His life purpose was to do the will of the Father. This is your life purpose too. How are you doing?
John 6:40 — “For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.”
The will of the Father is to reconcile people to Him through Jesus that they would have eternal life with Him. You have been given this message and ministry of reconciliation on earth. (2 Corinthians 5:18-20) How are you doing?
John 6:60-61, 66 — When many of his disciples heard it, they said, “This is a hard saying; who can listen to it?” But Jesus, knowing in himself that his disciples were grumbling about this, said to them, “Do you take offense at this?” … After this many of his disciples turned back and no longer walked with him.
Jesus knew that many people would not accept Him and His teachings, but He also knew that those drawn to Him by the Father would. So, Jesus boldly proclaimed the truth, let the Spirit work, and did not worry about rejection. Are you withholding the Name of Jesus Christ from your daily conversations in order to avoid some sort of professional or social rejection? Do you think that it is wise to be “subtle” with the Gospel in order to avoid ostracization? Too often, Christians justify cowardice as tactfulness. Better to ere on the side of boldness. God, not us, determines who will accept Jesus. Do not miss your opportunity to say the Name today.
“Cross” Fit S-WOD (Spiritual Workout of the Day) – 3 November 21: Share the Gospel with someone today, and trust God with the response.