Day 46: John 14:1-7

The first verse of this passage strikes me as very relevant advice for people leading busy lives (like me). It is a reminder, better yet an invitation, to put aside the concerns of the world. As we read on, we are encouraged or perhaps even convicted that indeed, it is not just the concerns of this world that we should lay aside, but also our concerns and notions about our Father’s house (commonly understood to be a reference to Heaven).

Will I be good enough to get into Heaven?

Will there be room for me up there?

Am I going to be welcomed into my Father’s house?

Jesus addresses these and other preoccupying questions and tells us, his disciples, to believe.

To believe what exactly?

To believe that Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life.

That’s pretty unequivocal. Jesus isn’t leaving any room for misunderstanding or misinterpretation. No, he is very clear in his message by using the definitive article, the. He doesn’t say “I am a way, a truth, and a life” as if he’s just one among many ways to God, our Father, rather, he insists on his uniqueness, his “only-ness.” It is through believing in Jesus that we begin to see the Father at work in every part of our lives.

Questions: 

What concerns of this world do you have the greatest difficulty entrusting to God?

Are these concerns at odds with Jesus’ “only-ness” in your life?

Prayer:

Heavenly Father, you are infinitely strong, and I entrust my worries, my joys, my failures, and my successes to you.  Thank you for providing and guiding me along this path that is my life. Help me to recognize you and your son as sovereign in my life. God, I give you all the praise for the growth that I see in and around me. Amen.