31 “If I testify about myself, my testimony is not true. 32 There is another who testifies in my favor, and I know that his testimony about me is true. 33 “You have sent to John and he has testified to the truth. 34 Not that I accept human testimony; but I mention it that you may be saved. 35 John was a lamp that burned and gave light, and you chose for a time to enjoy his light. 36 “I have testimony weightier than that of John. For the works that the Father has given me to finish—the very works that I am doing—testify that the Father has sent me. 37 And the Father who sent me has himself testified concerning me. You have never heard his voice nor seen his form, 38 nor does his word dwell in you, for you do not believe the one he sent. 39 You study the Scriptures diligently because you think that in them you have eternal life. These are the very Scriptures that testify about me, 40 yet you refuse to come to me to have life. 41 “I do not accept glory from human beings, 42 but I know you. I know that you do not have the love of God in your hearts. 43 I have come in my Father’s name, and you do not accept me; but if someone else comes in his own name, you will accept him. 44 How can you believe since you accept glory from one another but do not seek the glory that comes from the only God? 45 “But do not think I will accuse you before the Father. Your accuser is Moses, on whom your hopes are set. 46 If you believed Moses, you would believe me, for he wrote about me. 47 But since you do not believe what he wrote, how are you going to believe what I say?”
Jesus wasn’t swayed by public opinion, nor did he seek the approval of others, including his own disciples. He was strong and confident. He walked and lived with authority. But this inner strength didn’t come about because he gave himself a pep talk every morning or repeated positive mantras to himself throughout the day. It came because he believed the testimony/word his Father spoke about him and over him: “this is my son whom I love; with him I am well pleased” (Matt 3:17).
The same is true for us. Through reading the Bible, we hear the gospel message that God loves us and is for us. But wait there is more! Jesus invites us to seek him out personally so that we can hear his “spoken” word (which is a strong thought/sense) within our spirit. For me, hearing these words are the most significant and meaningful moments – encounters – which I keep thinking about for days and weeks.
Jesus invites us to regularly encounter him. For when he speaks, he imparts his life into us. Then as we believe what he says about us, his truth takes root and grows deep and strong. It forms an inner knowing and conviction that we also are loved and have one who speaks in our favour and confirms us.
Father God, I thank you for the words you speak about us and over us. By your Spirit help us to believe what you say so that it may continue to shape us and form us. I thank you that you want a deep personal relationship with us and that you call us your children!
Written by Gab Martin