John 14:6-14 Together Forever!
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Philip said to Jesus, “Master, show us the Father, and that will be enough for us.” Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you for so long a time and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father.”
I have known this woman for some time now; almost as long as I’ve been here in Dallas. But I never knew why her family had left Mexico and had come to America. This is what she told me.
“One day my father witnessed a woman being assaulted. Although all of this was happening in front of people and in broad daylight, no one did anything about it. He knew he had to do something and he did. He ran over to the scene, grabbed a stick and started beating the man until he finally took off and ran away. Shortly after the police arrived, the man was arrested. My father had to appear in court and testify against this man. As he was walking towards the court house a man came up to him and whispered in his ear: “What happened to this lady is happening to your daughter right now.” Without hesitation, my father turned around and ran towards our home. He hit the door open, ran up the stairs and saw my mom cooking in the kitchen. As he scanned around the kitchen, looking from side to side, he asked her, ‘Where is she? Where is Natalia?’ Scared out of her mind, my mom told him, ‘She’s resting in her room. What’s hap…?’ He went straight to my room and opened the door. He found me there, lying on my bed, asleep. But before my dad could catch his breath, he found a note next to me. It read, ‘Leave now! I came here to harm your daughter but I couldn’t do it. As soon as I saw her I saw the face of an angel. Leave your home now!!!’ I was ten years old when we left everything and moved to America. Only years later, did my dad tell me why we moved.”
There are two ways the Lord helps me: either he leads me or he chases after me. There are many ways to heaven, but Jesus is The Way. He knows the way. He goes before me. He clears the way. He sets the pace. He does not lead me where I want to go. He leads me where I need to go. He knows the future. He knows my neighbors. He knows the kind of day I will have. I do not. I can see miles and miles in front of me, but only the Lord can see generations and generations in front of me. I see only what eyes can see. God does not have eyes. God has providence, destiny. He is not limited by eyes. He is only limited by me.
I can follow. He can chase. I can play cat and mouse with the Lord all day long. But through it all, there is a goal, an end, a mission to be accomplished. Here lies something that is greater than me. Here lies the struggle that occurs inside of me. Will I serve or will I rebel? Will I live a life full of doubts or will I live a life full of grace? Will I continue to carry my cross or will I continually look for a place to put it down?
Jesus said to Philip, “I have been with you for so long a time and you still do not know me?” Philip is not having a hard time recognizing who Jesus is. Philip is having a hard time acknowledging who Jesus is. I do too. I have a hard time too. It’s hard to let go. It’s hard to conceive that Christ has been with me for the longest amount of time; from the day I was conceived; from the day I was called; till the day I die. This is no time to play cat and mouse. This is the time to team up!
There’s nothing to show; just tons to do.