Week 48, Wednesday How’s Your Vision

“Philip said to Him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is sufficient for us.” Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long , and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father?”

John 14:8-10

In John 14, Philip asked to see the Father, which means he wanted to actually see God. Philip wanted to see the God who created the universe. He wanted to see the God who led Israel out of Egypt after overthrowing Pharaoh. He wanted to see the God whom no man can see without dying. He wanted to see the God whom he has read about and heard sermons about his entire life. Jesus’ answer to Philip was awesome and absolutely amazing. He told Philip that He was the very God that Philip wanted to see. He told Philip ┬áthat Philip had been walking with this God for “all this time.”

And who was this God Philip saw? Jesus fed everyone around Him who was hungry. Jesus protected the condemned and offered them a way to glory. Jesus touched those whom the very law said were so unclean that even touching them could make others unclean and lawbreakers. Jesus ate with the biggest sinners of society. Jesus even got on His hands and knees and washed Philip’s feet. Lastly, Philip saw this omnipotent God lay His Life down on a cross for even those who nailed Him to it.

The Bible says that Jesus Christ is the Word of God in the very flesh. It says that Jesus is the exact representation of God and the fullness of His being. Jesus Himself said that He was God’s will in heaven being manifested on earth. Jesus said He did nothing without seeing the Father do it first. If we desire to truly know who God is, we can look at the life of Jesus. If we do, we will see a God who gave up everything that made Him God in order to redeem us.

Jesus Christ is who God has always been and who God will always be. He could be anything and He chooses to be the God who washes our feet.

Lord, help us to who You truly are and to share this love will all around us. Amen.

Week 48, Tuesday Our Way vs. The Right Way

When a man’s ways please the Lord, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.

Proverbs 16:7

We live in a generation when everything around us encourages us to “do it your way”. Even Restaurants are all geared to give us more and more choices. Instead of fries and a coke with your meal, in fast food restaurants you can choose milk and fruit or onion rings and juice. Not to say that having so many choices in life is evil or bad. But we have become so accustomed to having things “our way” that we think that it is the “right way”.

God has given us the ability to decide if we want “our way” or His plan for our lives. God’s way is where there is happiness and fulfillment. If you believe that God is not really all that He said He is, then you will choose your own way. But if you really begin to understand and accept the unconditional and unfailing love of God, you must yield to a new way of thinking. It’s called faith.

If you choose this new way of thinking, it will show in your actions and in the very essence of who you are. The choice to follow Christ will not be a bed of roses, without opposition or criticism. Many have made the choice to follow Him and have been ridiculed by friends, even family. But for those who stay strong and continue to follow, God’s love will show through, too!

Ask yourself these things: Has there been a time when you felt your choice made more sense than the path God had chosen for you? When you evaluate your Christian walk, is it active or passive? Do you blend in easily?

God, help me depend on You more each day. I want to walk in Your ways and not my own. Help me live in such a way that Your love shows through my life. Amen.