Like many of my fellow young adults peers, I am trying to find my way. Find what path Christ wants me to go down…
Well tonight I watched a sermon by Judah Smith (though I honestly didn’t care for him before, I just really felt led to watch this sermon, and seeing as though Tumblr videos never load on my laptop, this one loaded just fine so I figured it must mean I was supposed to watch it ;)
But in it, he helped me to see something I never thought of before… I wanted to share with you the connection that was made.
He preached from John 14:1-6. Jesus is speaking to the disciples…
“Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. 2 In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. 4 And where I go you know, and the way you know.”
5 Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, and how can we know the way?” 6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.
Jesus told His disciples that they knew the way He was going. Thomas replied (the same way I would have replied) ‘No we don’t. We have not a clue where You are going.’ But God’s reply opened their eyes… So often we focus on this verse without thinking about it’s context. Jesus replies “I am the way, the truth, and the life.” Therefore, if we know Jesus, we know the way.
The title of it was called “It’s Complicated.” I’m not going to go into the whole sermon (you can look it up yourself, which I highly recommend) but it was talking about how we Christians nowadays have complicated our relationship with Christ.
Judah demonstrated this by using a visual of a ball of rubber bands. We tend to see Christianity as a ball of rules and principles to follow. But if that is all we really see, we are missing the point!
Christianity is not about following a bunch of rules and regulations. Christianity is about love. It is about loving God, and loving others (the 1st and 2nd most important commandments according to Jesus). Yes, He gave us guidelines on how we should live, but if we do not have love, we really miss the whole point.
When we complicate our relationship with Jesus, it leads to confusion. BUT GOD IS NOT THE AUTHOR OF CONFUSION! (1 Cor 14:33) Confusion leads to exasperation. I’m sure we have all gotten to the point where we just feel exasperated in our relationship with Him. We feel like we have reached a dead in. Like there is no where else for us to go. This all stems from complicating our relationship with Him.
So in other words. The point is: When You know Jesus, you know the way. Don’t complicate your relationship with Christ. Just know Him. Talk to Him. Pray to Him. Worship Him. And most importantly, LOVE Him.
Sure, this does not answer the question of where I am going with my life. What I will be when I grow up or how I plan on using my education. But I do know that no matter what path I take, I will have God with me. I will love Him and love His people. He is the way I will go…