Saturday, August 4, 2012

DAY 117 - Do You Know What You Need? (請按此處收聼廣東話Cantonese podcast click here)


Today's Reading: John 12: 44-50

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Please click this link to read John 12: 44-50

Bible Study

This passage invites us to make a decision. The last three lines of N.T. Wright for this whole passage is this:
Jesus is staring into the darkness, and the darkness is staring back. And everyone who reads this chapter must, sooner or later, make up their minds which side they're on.

So what is the invitation? The invitation is that we have to make up our minds to be in the light or stay in darkness. There are so many things can pull us into darkness that we can't eat, we can't think, we can't sleep and we even can't live. Where is Jesus when those moments of darkness comes? I don't understand. What I can say is that we are just humans and we are so weak. We just run away from Jesus, out of the light into the "night", just like what Judas did in the next chapter. How sad?

Do you know how to make up your mind to enter into the light or the darkness?

Have a time to be still and give the Holy Spirit space to speak through the passage of scripture we have just read. Offer this time up to Jesus as you listen to him, while listening to "Gabriel's Oboe"



Spiritual Journal

What I heard from Jesus today is: Do you know what you need?

Today Jesus gives us a very ordinary question but a very out of the box answer.

What I heard of the answer to this question is: What I need is just to say YES SIR!

You know why what you need in you whole life is to keep on saying YES SIR to God? It's all there in this passage:
1. People will stay in darkness without Jesus because Jesus is the light of the world.
2. God commands Jesus what to say and how to say it.
3. What we need to do is to hear Jesus words and obey.
4. God's commands to us through Jesus leads to eternal life, an eternal relationship with God.

So, what we need is just to receive Jesus' command and say YES SIR!

Don't make your life so complicated and so difficult. What you need is to say
YES SIR!

Dear Lord Jesus,
Help us and lead us each day to be able to say YES SIR to you. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.


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