Scripture: John 14:21 NASB “Purpose Pitch”
“‘He who has My commandments and keeps them is the one who loves Me; and he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and will disclose Myself to him.'” John 14:21
Years ago, not long after I was saved, my pastor got all excited. He had met an elderly gentleman and asked him his favorite verse. It was our verse for today, John 14: 21. My pastor said that if a man of that age thought so highly of a verse, it must be a good one. There is probably some truth to that.
Think about our verse. It essentially tells us how to live our lives so it will have meaning. Obey God and we will have a good relationship with Him.
I’ve never liked the idea that the Christian life is a matter of finding sin and stomping it out. People can improve their lives by becoming more righteous. But becoming more righteous by disciplining our “flesh” will just result in self-righteousness. Self-righteousness is not godliness. Only by following the Spirit’s leading (cf. today’s reading, Jn.14: 16, “I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever”) can we truly become more like God in the way He wants. That is why Jesus told the disciples about the Holy Spirit right before telling them to keep His commandments. We can only truly obey God in His power, through the Holy Spirit.
When we are obeying His Word, that is, keeping His commandments, in the power of the Holy Spirit, the result is a good relationship with God.
How well do you know God’s Word? Are you keeping His commandments? Is God “disclosing” Himself to you?
If He is, you will find that you have chosen life (Deut. 30:19)!
You learn how the “flesh” aka “the sin nature” can disrupt our progress in the Christian life in Romans 6 and 7 (see blog, The Widow Maker and Not My Problem). The answer to the problem of the flesh is in Romans 8 (see blog Get The ‘Led’ Out).
The purpose of the Bible is to help us have a relationship with God. Everything written in the Bible was written toward that end. If we keep learning His Word, the Bible will achieve its purpose. Reading through the Bible like you are, is a good beginning toward knowing it like you should. How are you doing in your daily Bible reading? Is your relationship with the Lord growing deeper?
The purpose of the “Choose Life” is to pick a positive help out of the One Year Bible (OYB) reading plan for the day. There is always something positive in the Word of God to cheer us and give us strength. For more on today’s reading, check out my One Year Bible blog: A Toi Story