“Anyone who chooses to do the will of God will find out whether my teaching comes from God or whether I speak on my own.” – John 7:17
past few years, several studies have confirmed what many of us have suspected:
Christianity is not growing in the
We would like to think that with each passing year, the number of people who are getting saved is outpacing the number of people who are choosing not to get saved. But it’s simply not true. And sadly, what is true in 2023 was also true in Jesus’ day.
6:66 (notice the verse number), we read: “From this time many of [Jesus’]
disciples turned back and no longer followed Him.” That verse marks a
heartbreaking turning point in Jesus’ ministry. For over two years, Jesus had
shared the good news of salvation, explained the Scriptures and healed the
sick. He offered the people of
beginning of John 7, Jesus had begun to avoid
On the fourth day of the feast, Jesus began teaching in the temple courts. Even his foes were blown away. The religious leaders exclaimed, “How did this man get such learning without having studied?” (v. 15). They were astounded that Jesus was teaching circles around many of their highly-educated rabbis. Jesus explained that His teaching came from “Him who sent Me” (v. 16). Then He added, “If anyone chooses to do God’s will, he will find out whether My teaching comes from God or whether I speak on My own” (v. 17). In other words: We learn by doing. So, if you don’t understand everything you need to know to live a life that pleases God, put the little bit you DO know into practice. As you walk in obedience to the parts of God’s will that you already know, He will unlock your understanding to the truths that you don’t know … yet.
Here are two Life Lessons we can draw from the previous passage:
Life Lesson #1: People will always hold many different opinions about Jesus. But believe and live your life by this truth: Jesus is the Christ and the Son of the living God. Believing that Jesus was JUST a good man, a good teacher or a prophet are not logical options, because He claimed to be the Son of God. So, there are only three logical options: He is a liar, a lunatic or He is Lord. So, choose one.
Life Lesson #2: If you want to UNDERSTAND God’s will, begin by DOING God’s will. You will learn God’s Word by living God’s Word. It’s often been said: “It’s easier to steer a moving car.” So, get moving, and God’s will for your life will become much, much clearer.
Davis is the pastor of Impact Christian Church. Join us for worship on Sunday
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