June 27 / Proverbs 27 / John 20

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John 20:17

Jesus said to her, “Do not hold on to me, because I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go to my brothers and say to them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.'”

Don’t hold on to the version of Jesus you like or simply prefer. Rather, embrace the truth of His glorification that released the Holy Spirit to indwell each one of us in full effect.

As strange as it may sound, I think we can hold ourselves back by holding on too tightly to the Jesus we want. The point here seems to be that we can be inappropriately dependent on someone when we have been given power and authority we do not recognize or acknowledge. (This is basically the message of the movie Bruce Almighty)

Kinda like if the mayor of your city gave you authority over a town as its leader, and you kept going back to her asking, “Would you tell these people what they need to do and install these programs we desperately need?” Uh, no. You do that. That’s why I appointed you the town leader and gave you the authority.

That’s what I get from this somewhat enigmatic passage. That sometimes we wait for God to do things that He has actually empowered us to go ahead and do, through the death and resurrection of His Son.

It all goes back to us being EPPTTPs–Empowered Powerless Pointers To The Power.

Right..?

John 20:30-31

The purpose of the book of John:

Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of His disciples, which are not written in this book. But these are written so that you may come to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, and that through believing you may have life in His name.

Belief is everything really.

For when you believe something, you act on it as if it is true.

Belief yields life in the name of Jesus.

Faith.

Belief.

Trust.

You can trust Jesus. He is the Good Shepherd who knows you better than you know you. He desires our hearts and our trust, like we also desire from our own children and spouses and family. One of the difficult things for us in this Christian life is consistently trusting God and His good intentions for us in the face of what looks like tragedy or failure. Many times our failure is our greatest success as we come to the end of ourselves and to total dependence on Him who designed us for Himself.

Proverbs 27:7

The sated appetite spurns honey, but to a ravenous appetite even the bitter is sweet. [NRSV]

When you are full, not even honey tastes good, but when you are hungry, even something bitter tastes sweet. [NCV]

Appetite.

hunger.

Desire.

What are you really hungry for?

Whatever it is, you will do what it takes to obtain it.

Jesus tells us to ask, seek, and knock. To keep on asking, seeking, and knocking. YHWH rewards those who diligently seek Him (Heb.11:6).

Diligently.

Not half-heartedly.

We do what we want to do.

If you watch, say, thirty hours of Netflix a week, you obviously desire to sit around accomplishing little. You do not have an intense hunger for God. Being honest with yourself about this is the first step. You may wish you had peace, but the lazy man sits around wishing he was rich, not taking action towards it.

If you want to know what you value most, track your spending and your time. Wherever most of it is going is where your heart is.

We say Jesus only works with desire. He does not necessarily force Himself upon us. He makes Himself known to woo us to choose Him. But if you’re already full on something besides God, then there’s nothing for you right now. But sooner or later you will come to a point where what is not Him will not be there. I love this quote by Kenneth Boa: “Hope in the unchanging character of God instead of the ebb and flow of inner feelings and outward circumstances.”

Appetite pursues satiation.

No appetite. No pursuit.

If you find peace apart from a life of pursuing a relationship with God, let me know what it is.

A long obedience in the same direction characterizes a life of peace, rest, and tranquility.

 

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