I’ve been thinking about the difference between believing in Jesus as in His existence vs. believing in what He says in the word.
My whole life I’ve believed in Jesus, but honestly, I’ve resisted and wrestled with the truth of EVERY word.
How can we believe He died for our sins but then not believe we’re loved, beautiful, forgiven or created on purpose for a purpose?
So I began praying.
I found this story in Matthew 21:23-27.
Chief priests and people asked Jesus, “by what authority are you doing these things and who gave you this authority?”
Jesus replied, “I will ask you one question. If you answer me, I will tell you by what authority I am doing these things. John’s baptism- where did it come from? Was it from heaven or of human origin?”
Here, Jesus is giving them an opportunity to speak truth.
They discussed it among themselves, “if we say it’s from heaven, then he will ask why we didn’t believe in him. But if we say it’s of human origin then we are afraid of the people for they all hold that John was a prophet.” So, they answered Jesus, “we don’t know.” Then Jesus said, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I am doing these things.”
These people were more focused on their ego and what others would think of them. So instead of speaking truth, they played the card of “neutral.”
“We don’t know.”
(We’ve all done this).
Do you have people in your life who choose to publicly not speak truth of you, but then privately text you saying “sorry, I just didn’t want any trouble.”
FYI: Neutral friends aren’t true friends.
BUT this is exactly what these people did to the way, the truth and the life, Jesus.
Not looking like a crowd pleaser, a lunatic or a fool is more important than speaking truth for a lot of people.
This is why I pray to have a passion for truth. To not just say, “Well, God says _______,” but then not truly believe it. I don’t want to be luke-warm or neutral towards Jesus publicly nor privately. I pray for God’s people to continue speaking light boldly and courageously in darkness even when it’s uninvited. A voice that’s fearless of earthly consequences because eternal life with Jesus is far greater.
I pray to be a woman saturated with truth while also being transparent and honest with God about where I am… because sometimes our honest answer is, “I don’t know,” and that’s okay… but if you do know, I pray you will be brave enough to stand tall and speak it, even if you’re the only one.
The sum of His words are true… all of them… for me, for you, for her, for him, for them, for us… whoever believes.
John 3:16 🙏🏻