Prayer (5 minutes):
- Spend a few minutes thanking God for His work in your life last week.
- Ask Him to guide your heart and your actions in the coming week
- Pray through the top 3 things weighing on your heart and give them to Him
Scripture (5 minutes): John 5:30-47 (ESV)
I can do nothing on my own. As I hear, I judge, and my judgment is just, because I seek not my own will but the will of him who sent me. If I alone bear witness about myself, my testimony is not true. There is another who bears witness about me, and I know that the testimony that he bears about me is true. You sent to John, and he has borne witness to the truth. Not that the testimony that I receive is from man, but I say these things so that you may be saved. He was a burning and shining lamp, and you were willing to rejoice for a while in his light.
But the testimony that I have is greater than that of John. For the works that the Father has given me to accomplish, the very works that I am doing, bear witness about me that the Father has sent me. And the Father who sent me has himself borne witness about me. His voice you have never heard, his form you have never seen, and you do not have his word abiding in you, for you do not believe the one whom he has sent. You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me, yet you refuse to come to me that you may have life. I do not receive glory from people.
But I know that you do not have the love of God within you. I have come in my Father’s name, and you do not receive me. If another comes in his own name, you will receive him. How can you believe, when you receive glory from one another and do not seek the glory that comes from the only God? Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father. There is one who accuses you: Moses, on whom you have set your hope. For if you believed Moses, you would believe me; for he wrote of me. But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe my words?”
Meditation (5 minutes): Meditate on the phrase below. Repeat it 3x out loud.
I seek not my own will but the will of him who sent me…I do not receive glory from people.
Jesus is laying out a blueprint on how believers should be behave on Social Media.
I know, I know. That may seem too simple/narrowly applied, but check it. He’s the righteous Son of God, who literally has every answer and is 100% without a doubt correct in every statement and argument He is making. He created the people who are arguing with Him, and who are questioning His legitimacy. He was literally supporting their every breath as they stood in front of Him huffing,and puffing with anger towards Him.
He demonstrates remarkable humility while bolding telling them the truth of the Gospel and does not apologize for who He is or what He came to earth to accomplish.
Rather than making the argument all about Himself (which it actually was about anyway!), He turns the conversation to the Father, and eventually gives these religious leaders the Gospel in a way they can understand it. Truly incredible.
Now, what were you about to post? This offers a whole new lens on the bold statements I want to make. How will they direct the audience to Jesus and His Gospel? Little else really matters.