“DO YOU NOW BELIEVE?”
“By this we believe….” Jesus answered them, “Do you now believe?” John 16:30, 31
Our soul has gotten out of intimate contact with God by leaning on its own religious understanding. We should get in the habit of continually seeking His counsel on everything, instead of making our own commonsense decisions and then asking Him to bless them.
THE IMPOVERISHED MINISTRY OF JESUS
Where then do You get that living water? John 4:11
Jesus doesn’t bring anything up from the wells of human nature – He brings them down from above. The well of your incompleteness runs deep, but make the effort to look away from yourself and unto Him.
OUR MISGIVINGS ABOUT JESUS
The woman said to Him, “Sir, You have nothing to draw [water] with, and the well is deep.” John 4:11
If I detect misgivings about Jesus in myself, I should bring them into the light and confess them openly – “Lord, I have had misgivings about You. I have not believed in Your abilities, but only my own. And I have not believed in Your almighty power apart from my finite understanding of it.”
THE DESTITUTION OF SERVICE
…though the more abundantly I love you, the less I am loved. 2 Corinthians 12:15
Paul’s idea of service was the same as our Lord’s. He did not care how high the cost was to himself – he would gladly pay it. It was Paul’s delight to spend his life for God’s interests in other people, and he did not care what it cost.
THE DELIGHT OF SACRIFICE
I will very gladly spend and be spent for your souls…. 2 Corinthians 12:15
The delight of sacrifice is that I lay down my life for my Friend, Jesus Christ (see John 15:13). I don’t throw my life away, but I willingly and deliberately lay it down for Him and His interests in other people.
THE DETERMINATION TO SERVE
The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve…. Matthew 20:28
Once we realize that Jesus Christ has served us even to the depths of our meagerness, our selfishness, and our sin, nothing we encounter from others will be able to exhaust our determination to serve others for His sake.
THE DISCIPLINE OF SPIRITUAL PERSERVERANCE
Be still, and know that I am God…. Psalm 46:10
If our hopes seem to be experiencing disappointment right now, it simply means that they are being purified. Every hope or dream of the human mind will be fulfilled if it is noble and of God. But one of the greatest stresses in life is the stress of waiting for God.