Sunday we committed to time each day in the Word of God. Specifically, to read through the book of John, one chapter a day, over the balance of September.
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Monday morning I grabbed a cup of coffee, my Bible, my journal, a highlighter, and a pen. I read the first chapter of John and noticed how the Apostle John, John the Baptist, and Andrew, brother of Peter, all pointed others to Jesus. Their situations were different but each was determined to make Jesus known to others.
I was challenged in their example and renewed my own commitment to help others find life in Christ.
Tuesday I read the second chapter of John’s gospel. I felt a familiarity with the details of Jesus changing water into wine and clearing the temple. As I read the last few verses of the chapter, however, I encountered something that I feel is fresh and timely.
In those closing verses John writes,
Now while he was in Jerusalem at the Passover Festival, many people saw the signs he was performing and believed in his name. But Jesus would not entrust himself to them, for he knew all people.John 2:23-24 NIV
A Deeper Reflection
For months I have asked God to move within our church family in remarkable ways. Specifically, I have asked him to do what can only be explained as, “God showed up.” I have prayed that when people describe Alsbury they will say, “God is there!” Week after week there has been little, if any, change in our Sunday worship services. I have frequently asked the Lord, “Why?”
As I reflected over the words, “But Jesus would not entrust himself to them,” I wondered if this might be a description of Alsbury. Is Jesus withholding a great move of his Spirt because of something in my life? Is there a reason why Jesus might not “entrust himself” to us?
I wrote a personal prayer in my journal, affirming Jesus as Lord over my life and over our church. I asked him to reveal any sin in my life that may hinder his willingness to “entrust himself to us.” I asked for the ability to love others in such a way that Jesus would be glorified. I asked the Holy Spirit to show me anything that might hinder his work at Alsbury.
I don’t know what the outcome will be in our corporate worship experience, but I do know that my time in the Word today led to a sweet experience of personal worship. It was a very good morning that impacted my entire day.
I look forward to what He will say to me each morning in September.