Wednesday, March 1 – John 14:6
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father except through Me.”
There are times we want to know what is true but not necessarily because we want to follow that way. If we find out the best way forward is not what we want, we often decide to go our own way. The best example of this is when we get the doctor’s advice to rest to give our bodies time to recover following a surgery or procedure. We often get so consumed by what we “need” to get done that we ignore the doctor’s orders and our bodies’ need to rest.
Following Jesus, we cannot separate the truth from His way and life. We cannot discover the truth of the Bible but only follow the commands that come convenient and natural to us. Knowing Jesus as the truth means we follow His way and take on His life as our own. This is not often easy. Scripture includes many commands that seem counterintuitive, like living as a servant to be great (see Mark 10:43), taking joy in trials (see James 1:2-3), loving our enemies (see Matthew 5:43-48), and many others. Trusting God means we have to follow His way. It means digging into the Word to find more about who He is and what He has called us to do. It means calling on Him for help when your desires get in the way. Consider words of Jesus in John 10:10, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came so that they would have life, and have it abundantly.” Knowing His truth, following His way, and taking on His life is often not easy or comfortable, but it is the path to living life to its fullest, being reconciled, and living on mission with our creator.
- When have you had a tough time following Jesus’s way?
- Why is it important to regularly remind ourselves that Jesus is the way, and the truth, and the life?
- Pray and ask God to help you trust Him as the way, the truth, and the life.