Jesus did many other miraculous signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name. John 20:30-31 (NIV)
Believe In Me
Do you believe in me? Do you believe that I am the Christ? Do you believe that I am the Son of God? Yes, I do believe in you. I do believe that you are the Christ. You are the Son of God. What does believing in me mean to you? That is a short question with a long answer. I have plenty of time. I will listen to your entire answer. First, it was you who made it possible for me to come to believe in you. How so? You drew me to you. I was on a path walking way from you. I was living a life apart from you. You got my attention. You turned my life around. You allowed me to see and feel the brokenness of my life without you. I was dead and didn’t know it. My sinful life in the world was leaving me bruised and battered and broken. You helped me to cry out to you. You helped me to ask you into my life as my Savior and Lord. You forgave my sin. You cleansed my unrighteousness. You put your Holy Spirit in me. You gave me a completely new life to live in you. Yes, I did all these things for you.
I would like you to say more about your believing in me. Is believing in me like accepting a set of facts, like a mathematical equation? No, not at all. Believing in you turned my life around. Believing in you turned me life upside down. My new life in you looks nothing like my old life in the world. Then I lived for myself. Then I did what I wanted when I wanted. I lived for my own comfort. I lived for my own pleasure. I did what was right in my own eyes. I followed my own counsel. I lived by my own wisdom. Now, I’m living to please you. I want to do what is good and right and true. I want to know your will and walk in your ways. I want to think your thoughts, speak your words and do your deeds. I want to live my life with and for you. All these desires that are now in my heart and mind and life are part of believing in you as my Savior and Lord. Yes, they are and that is very good.
What has helped your faith and belief in me to grow stronger? What have I given you to help you to know and love and follow and serve me? You have given me your word. Your word molds and shapes me. Your word teaches and trains me. Your word guards and guides me. Your word strengthens and sustains me. Yes, my word has been and will continue to do these things for you as you take it deeply into your heart and mind and life. Will you keep on meeting with me in my word? Will you keep on allowing my word to do its work in you? Yes Lord, I will. That will be very good.
Lord, thank you for drawing me to you. You made it so I could come to know and love and follow and believe in you. You are my Savior and Lord. I have turned away from my old, sinful and dead life in the world. You have given me a completely new life in you. Amen
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