Living in the Two Hearts

My Spiritual Insights and Musings

Reflection for Jn 8

How many “prophets” have you heard recently who say they can solve your problems?

They may be politicians who promise to end the economic crisis, stop the war, and restore morality to your country. They may be salespeople who claim that their product can make you truly happy. But how do you know if they’re telling the truth? You can never be absolutely certain, but you can usually tell if they’re just out for themselves or if they answer to a higher authority.

That’s the issue that some of the Pharisees had with Jesus. They thought him a false prophet who was only speaking about himself (John 8:13). It’s true that Jesus was talking about himself, but as he went on to explain, “I do nothing on my own, but I say only what the Father taught me” (8:28). As further proof, he told them that when he was “lifted up”—that is, crucified—they would know for certain that he was the Messiah. Evidently his words rang true, for many of the Jews who heard him that day ended up believing in him (8:30).

Those who believed in Jesus were convinced by his words, but even more by the authority with which he spoke. He had the power and anointing of his Father. He was not only telling the truth with love. He was truth and love in the flesh! And his sacrifice on the cross would show them that he willingly gave up everything, even his equality with God, to bring them eternal life. What more proof could they need?

Brothers and sisters, we have the same power that Jesus had. We have his Holy Spirit. And we too can bring people to him. They will believe us, however, only to the extent that we exhibit the Spirit through our words and actions. They won’t be moved as much by strong arguments and strong emotions as by our compassion and our willingness to meet them where they are. Are you ready for those opportunities to come your way? If not, ask the Lord for his grace. For his greatest purpose for us is to be channels of his love and mercy!

“Lord, I want to be your witness in this world! Send me your Spirit—your courage, wisdom, and understanding—so that others will want to know you as I do!”

Courtesy of Word among us, Daily Meditation, March 30, 2009

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