[Good Saturday morning to you. Remember that I am blogging twice weekly over at The Leadership Institute blog, but only occasionally here. I'd love to have you come visit our leadership community blog. We posted a video there of my conversation at The Church at Rocky Peak last weekend on the theme of An Unhurried Life. You might enjoy viewing it at your leisure.
Meanwhile, here is a journal entry from a morning a little while back. I enjoy starting my day often reading, reflecting on and responding to some passage from the daily lectionary. I find the scriptures very nourishing in this way.]
Passage: John 14:18-31
Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. (John 14:19, 20 NIV)
“That day” will be after Jesus’ death, burial, resurrection and ascension. The word that so captures me is simply “in.” There is something already true that I will one day “realize.” Real-ize. I don’t make it real. I simply wake up to the fact that all of this mutual indwelling really is the bottom line of my life.
Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. (John 14:23 NIV)
Obedience and love go together. In the past, I wanted to figure out which caused the other. I’m not as captured with that question as I once was. Now I’m happy to see obedience as an expression of love and love as a fruit of obedience. I’m not interested in which is the chicken, which is the egg, and which came first.
I feel happy to be loved by the Father. I’m amazed at Father and Son making themselves at home in me. I am never alone, even when I am without human company. Obeying the teaching of Jesus is my way of remaining in him, in his counsel and direction. It doesn’t make much sense to name myself a “follower” but fail to follow. How can I be a “Christian” if my life is quite distant from Christ?
Those who accept my commandments and obey them are the ones who love me. And because they love me, my Father will love them. And I will love them and reveal myself to each of them.” (John 14:21 NLT)
Today, help me to see myself in you, remaining in your mentoring and counsel, following your lead in each task, conversation or engagement. I want to be close enough to see what you would reveal to me, not only for my benefit, but for the good of others with whom I might share. Today, I want to live in the conscious awareness of being beloved by both Father and Son.
I have learned by experience that there is life when I follow you, and emptiness and flatness when I wander away, even for a little while. Thank you for your Spirit’s presence to remind and empower me.
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