If you love me, you will obey what I command… Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me. He who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and show myself to him. – John 14:15, 21
I have learned by experience that those who fight the commands of God do not know God. In fact, they are at war against God trying to make their own will divine and themselves the god of their own creation. The result is that their god is so limited in scope that they cannot know the true God.
Without faith it is impossible to come to God (Hebrews 11:6) therefore, God will not reveal himself to those who do not believe. That sounds like a catch 22 doesn’t it? This conundrum of facts serves to reinforce what Paul tells us about how faith is acquired in his book to the Roman believers.
Romans 10 tells us that hearing precedes believing (“how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard”) and believing (accepting the truth) precedes faith (an active commitment to the truth). When we have heard the truth about Christ and have accepted what he has taught we are ready to receive the revelation that leads to salvation.
As we gain experience with God and his Christ, our faith and love for him matures. It is this growing love that moves him to reveal himself to us more fully. One song writer penned these words, “I keep falling in love with him over and over again.” As he shows himself to us we have a growing appreciation of his loveliness.
It is not impossible for an unbeliever to develop faith in God, but they must be willing to listen in order to hear his word of faith. All too often the greatest hindrance to unbelievers gaining faith is their own preconceived ideas that they are not willing to reexamine. A person must be willing to hear the words of Christ so that the power of those words can be released to them and faith can grow up in them.
Prayer: Thank you for showing yourself to me. Grant me the grace to live in obedience to your will and to walk in your love. In Jesus name, amen.
The Lord Shows Himself To Faithful Servants
Principle: As we gain experience with God and his Christ, our faith and love for him matures. It is this growing love that moves him to reveal himself to us more fully.
Affirmation: I make a conscious daily effort to experience God and as a consequence I am maturing in my faith and his faithfulness is being made more real to me.
Reflection: We gain faith by hearing, listening, believing and then committing to what to what we have come to believe is true. Reflect on how that has worked in your life and take it a little deeper; how is that process helping to mature your faith?
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