Then Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, ‘If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.’” vss. 31-32John 8:31-33
From the beginning many more people have been attracted to Jesus than have actually remained with him. It was true during his Galilean ministry, and it remains true today. The most typical example can be found in the hundreds of crusades that have been held in arenas, stadiums, and churches around the world. They’re known for the thousands of people who make “decisions for Jesus” and who soon fall away. Some report having been “saved” again and again, but to no avail. Of course, the same phenomena are seen in youth confirmation classes. Often the rite of confirmation has been held on Reformation Sunday with dozens of white-robed confirmands. All make their promise to be faithful to Jesus and most are never seen in a worship service again. So why is there a reluctance to continue in the word of grace that comes from Jesus? For confirmands the answer is easy. They thought the ritual was a graduation ceremony and not a commencement. And that’s probably what happens for many folk–their commitment was a last step, something they’d finally decided to do. Jesus said that belonging to him was like being born again, the first step on a lifelong journey of love. And those who understand that will stay connected. In Jesus there is both truth and freedom!
Thought for the Day: How do I stay connected to Jesus?