John 6:67 Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away? 68 Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life.69 And we believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God.
To what extent do you know the God you serve? Is it a little or is it a lot? The degree to which we know God will determine our willingness to stick with Him when things happen that we do not like. Many of Jesus’ disciples stopped following Him in John 6:66 because he taught things that they did not like. While referring to himself as the bread of life, Jesus said “whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day”. Clearly, they did not understand what He was saying and rather than asking for clarity they chose to walk away. Jesus was referring to His imminent death and resurrection with a view of conveying the truth that to receive eternal life we must first receive, by faith, His broken body, which is the “bread” and His shed blood. Seeing that many of His disciples left, Jesus asked the twelve (12) if they too would go their way. Simon Peter responded on behalf of them and said “to whom shall we go …we believe and are sure that thou art that Christ”. His response reveals that the decision of the twelve (12) to continue to follow Jesus was based on knowing that He was the Christ.
There are different reasons we may choose to be a follower of Jesus. We may follow Him because it is a family tradition or because we need something specific from Him. Another reason we may follow Him is because we see others following Him. Even if we start out following Jesus because of any of the above-named reasons, where we must seek to get to is the place where we know God personally as the true and living God; this is where the twelve (12) were. When we know God in this way, it will be obvious to us as it was to the twelve (12) that there is nowhere else to go because there is nothing better out there. Let us get to the place where we really know the God that we serve.
Life Application: Know the God that you serve by seeking Him through prayer, the study of His word and practicing His laws and principles. As we do these things we will get a deeper knowledge of the God that we serve.
Prayer: Father, May I remain resolute in my faith. May I know you in a deeper way as I seek you through your word. In Jesus’ name, amen.
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