Take it to the Bank

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“If you seek Me with all your heart, you will find Me.”

Just pause for a minute and think about the beauty and the promise found in those words.

It’s what I like to call a “you can take this to the bank” statement.

I truly believe the path to Jesus can be summed up in those 12 words found in the Book of Jeremiah.

An unrelenting willingness (on our part) to believe it and a commitment to wholeheartedly search for Him= finding the One true God.

Yet, how often are we really willing to expend time and energy looking for something (that most of the time seems invisible) with this kind of radical and “all in” devotion.  How crazy does that seem in our logical and rational minds?  And, how insane does it seem to seek something (that we’re not even sure exists in the first place)…with all our hearts.  Sure, we might be willing to devote a portion of our hearts to this search… but all of it?  Crazy!

What if we expend all that time and energy and we’re wrong?
What if we end up looking like a fool?
What if what we discover in our wholehearted search makes us uncomfortable or, worse, scares the daylights out of us?

Yet, this is what Jeremiah tells us is the pathway to finding God.

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The Book of John.

I seem to find myself revisiting this book of the Bible over and over lately. It’s almost as if everything I need to know about Jesus and who He claims to be and what He claims to be able to do in us and through us, can be found in the pages of this one book.  Don’t get me wrong, I know we need to study the whole Bible, but in the season I am currently going through, there is something about the Book of John.  It’s leaping off the page.

When I read certain passages in John, a famous quote from CS Lewis will often come to mind:

“I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept his claim to be God. That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic — on the level with the man who says he is a poached egg — or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse. You can shut him up for a fool, you can spit at him and kill him as a demon or you can fall at his feet and call him Lord and God, but let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about his being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.”

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Here are few “you can take this to the bank” passages that I’ve been chewing on lately.  And, ones I have a sneaking suspicion CS Lewis may have also come across before he penned the above words.

“I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”  John 14:6

“I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. But as I told you, you have seen me and still you do not believe. All those the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away.” John 6:35-37

It is written in the Prophets: ‘They will all be taught by God.’ Everyone who has heard the Father and learned from him comes to me. No one has seen the Father except the one who is from God; only he has seen the Father.  Very truly I tell you, the one who believes has eternal life. I am the bread of life. Your ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness, yet they died. But here is the bread that comes down from heaven, which anyone may eat and not die.  I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats this bread will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.” John 6: 46-51

I love how Eugene Peterson translates verse 45 in Message: ” And then they will all be personally taught by God.’ Anyone who has spent any time at all listening to the Father, really listening and therefore learning, comes to me to be taught personally—to see it with his own eyes, hear it with his own ears, from me, since I have it firsthand from the Father.” 

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“If you seek Me with all your heart, you will find Me.”

I believe this statement. Mostly because there came a time in my own journey when I tested it out. Despite my doubt and despite my fears, for a time I became willing to treat that statement as radical-my-life-depends-on it-I-can-take-it-to-the-bank TRUTH.

And in the process, God proved Himself to be faithful.

I found Him.

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If you haven’t done so in a while, or if you have never done it, take some time to read the book of John.

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