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Saturday, May 7, 2011

Believe

"What Jesus did here in Cana of Galilee was the first of the signs through which HE revealed His glory; and His disciples believed in Him" (John 2:11).

Jesus had disciples.  They had chosen to follow Him.  They had given their lives to being invested in by this Man of great mystery.  Yet, it was NOW that they believed in Him.  And though Jesus knew their hearts and their doubts concerning Him, He didn't reject Him.  His security in His purpose wasn't dependent upon whether or not they agreed, understood, doubted, or even rejected all of His points of view.

In spite of their questions and skepticism, Jesus saw an openness and a hunger for something real.  As they spent time with Him, connecting with Him, they began to see more than just the surface.  He was real.  He was authentic.  He was patient.  Though God's love is instant and unconditional, discipleship is a patient and persevering process.

I remember once in Cub@ while I was waiting for my driver to take me to a church for me to speak, I was sitting in the parlor of a small hostel talking, as best as I could, with the young owners.  They spoke little English, which was far better than my Spanish.  As we were talking, I asked them about their beliefs in Jesus Christ.  She responded that she was Catholic, but that her husband did not believe.  He followed up by admitting to being an atheist, not believing in God.  My immediate thought came flying out of my mouth without fully being processed in mind.  "But He believes in you."  The God we serve doesn't need to be believed by us in order to love us.  We can love Him because He first loved us.  And if we don't, it doesn't change the fact that He already did.  He is patient and loving.

The more time you spend getting to know who Jesus is, the more curious you become, the more you realize just how authentic He is.  The question is, are you committed to growing closer, knowing more, and showing a greater dedication to Him - believing in Him and believing Him.  When He speaks, trust Him.  When you don't understand, stand close to Him with eyes wide open as He continues to reveal Himself to you.  Just believe.

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