December 17
'Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit.’ John 3:5
Bible reading: John 6:22-40 (Go to the Bible passage)
This passage is related to the story of a miracle that Jesus had performed shortly before (John 6:1-15), when He had used five loaves and two fish to feed a multitude.
Jesus had many followers, not only then, but also today. Regrettably, many of those believed only – as Jesus Himself sadly observed – because they had eaten the loaves or because they had been healed.
Jesus does not want us to follow Him because of the miracles; He wants us to come because of Himself.
If we just seek to receive His blessings, then we sadden Him, for He desires to live with us in a loving relationship. And we can only love Jesus if we are born of the Spirit. Then we will ask for His will in the awareness that we can do nothing apart from Him, just as Jesus could do only what He saw His Father doing (John 5:19).
We find this a hard teaching of Jesus, for it is contrary to our nature. After all, we are willing to follow Him, but we prefer to maintain our independence, to live our own life. The gospel is indeed not of human origin (Galatians 1:11). The person without the Spirit simply does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, but considers them foolishness (1 Corinthians 2:14). But who has committed himself to the Lord, seeks nothing but only Jesus, and lives in deep dependence on Him Who is life itself.
Then only one question remains that is really important for our life: ‘Lord, what do You want me to do?’ When this question is going to determine our life and our future, we will see that God is not ‘dead’, but that He will lead us again on meaningful and fruitful ways.
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