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Jesus invites us to make our home in his word.
John 8.31-32 – Then Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, “If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples; 32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.”
This is a magnificent offer. We can make our home in Jesus’ word. That’s literally what “continue in my word” means. The question is how can we make our home in Jesus’ word?
(1) We can stick with Jesus’ word by reading his words and obeying what he teaches.
(2) We can give time to listening to Jesus’ word. http://www.biblegateway.com provides a service for people to listen to God’s word for free. I suggest that you listen to one of the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke or John) and learn what Jesus did and taught.
If our home is currently not Jesus’ word, let’s have a change of residence. While we have plenty of stay-at-home time, why not spend extra time reading about Jesus’ message and ministry?
Here’s a test of whether you are disciple of Jesus or not. Ask yourself, “Do I make my home in Jesus’ word?” A follower of Jesus gets his or her directions from Jesus as they make their home in his word.
There are two great promises to the person who makes their home in Jesus’ word.
(1) They will know the truth. The truth is what is really real in life, as revealed by Jesus. God is really real. There is a way of living that is truly authentic, as taught and lived by Jesus. This is the kind of life that Jesus came to give us.
(2) Freedom comes from making our home in Jesus’ word. I have many friends who have experienced freedom from addiction through working a 12 Step Program and by making their home in Jesus’ word. Their freedom is one of the great joys of my life.
There are others who are living free from the less obvious addiction of self-centered living by the same means. Praise God!
How can people refuse such a good deal?
John 8.33-38 – They answered him, “We are descendants of Abraham and have never been slaves to anyone. What do you mean by saying, ‘You will be made free’?”
34 Jesus answered them, “Very truly, I tell you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin. 35 The slave does not have a permanent place in the household; the son has a place there forever. 36 So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed. 37 I know that you are descendants of Abraham; yet you look for an opportunity to kill me, because there is no place in you for my word. 38 I declare what I have seen in the Father’s presence; as for you, you should do what you have heard from the Father.”
It is easy to see how a person enslaved by some addiction needs freedom. It is harder for people who don’t have what is considered “addiction” by our culture to sense a need for freedom. They may be offended by such a topic, as were the people in this passage.
Instead of making their home in Jesus’ word, the crowd resisted his word. Their opposition gives us an opportunity to hear one of the great truths of all time. Jesus said, “If the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed” (verse 36).
The source of all freedom and truth is found in a friendship-relationship with Jesus. He wants to be our friend in the fullest aspect of that fact. As our friend, he desires a relationship with us. When this is the reality of our lives, we live in freedom and daily learn what is really real and worthwhile in life.
Friendship with Jesus, freedom from bondage and guilt, and the knowledge of what is really real in life is offered to us by our loving God. He doesn’t leave us in the dark, but gives us the opportunity to live with his word on a daily basis. Let’s take advantage of this amazing gift.
Dear Jesus, thank you that you offer friendship, freedom and truth to people. I ask that you help us all live in such a way that these gifts become reality in our lives. Thank you for your grace.