August 13

August 13
by Susan Lovelady

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”  John 14:6

When I was young this was one of my favorite scriptures (the first half that is) and also one that challenged me the most (the second half).  I loved its’ confident direction it gave me, but It also made me feel like access to God was so exclusive – like you had to have a magical golden key or something to be let in.   I mean, if God was all loving, wouldn’t he give more than one way to reach him?   

I remember a story one of my friends shared with me when her daughter was about 5 years old.  She was busy in the kitchen and her daughter was playing with her toy telephone.  The little girl quietly tugged on her Mom and told her the call was for her, which to her immediate reply was “Mom’s busy honey, can’t talk now”.  And then the little girl looked up and said “But it’s God”.   Of course, the Mom dropped everything she was doing and picked up the call.

The truth is, this direct connection with God is something that we have access to all the time, anytime, because of and through Jesus.  And it is available to everyone.   It’s not that we can’t try without him.  We can.  But our connection will always fall short because of our inability, on our own, “…to create in us a clean heart and renew a right spirit within us”. Psalm 51:10

And that is where Jesus comes in…

Jesus is the WAY – for without forgiveness which He demonstrated on the cross, and without love, this perfect Love that Jesus showed us, we cannot truly see God –  for God is Perfect Love. 

Jesus is the TRUTH – for He revealed God to us in who He was and what He did and helped us understand God through the Word.

Jesus is the LIFE – a life in connection and relationship with God, that we can choose to live now and into eternity.

So let’s be ready to pick up that call -or make the call-  trusting in Jesus to cleanse our hearts from all unrighteousness, showing us the way, the truth and the life that we all have access to. 

Amen


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