I cannot escape this word BELIEVE. It seems as though every time I read something in Scripture this word finds its way in there. It started when I took a 21 day journey through John last fall. I felt deeply motivated to set aside this time and walk through one of the Gospels to see Jesus clearer. Deeper. Nearly every passage I read in the book of John contained the word believe, and it seemed to rise to the top each day. At the end, I looked back through everything in my journal and saw this theme so clearly.
I felt so disconnected from Jesus toward the end of last year. I just had a baby in July, was not reading the Bible regularly, (still working on that actually! Seems like I am FOREVER working on that!) and I wanted to be closer to Jesus. I wanted to KNOW him.
Today I started a new 100 day reading plan through YouVersion called The Essential Jesus. The first passage was John 1:1-18. I read it in my NIV that I have been reading for years, and several parts in it caught my attention.
- 4) In him was life, and that life was the light of men
- 9) The true light that gives light to every man was coming into the world
- 12) Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God
- 16) From the fullness of His grace we have all received one blessing after another, for the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.
I couldn’t grasp these meanings deep enough. I know there is so much weight in these words. I was praying for clarity and understanding to know him deeper. I realized one thing after looking through it all. This may not hit you like it did me because I feel like it is God’s message straight to my heart. . . The word BELIEVE in verse 12 is the key that unlocks it all for us! All these truths and characteristics of Jesus are just words to us until we BELIEVE! I drew this in my journal.
Jesus take me a step farther now. I am sinking this message into my heart. I want to tattoo it on my right and left hand so I see it every day! Show me what to believe. I am wondering if you have been pressing this on my heart since October and it is still happening, am I doing it? I mean really doing it? Show me the next level! Where in my life can I believe you more? Take me there so I can know you, love you and obey!