Jesus answered: “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father?’” John 14:9
Read: John 14:8-11
Listen: John 14
The book of Proverbs has challenged us to grow and develop our character this summer. Rather than helping us work on arbitrary qualities, Proverbs highlights God’s honesty, graciousness, love and generosity. The Proverbs are a gift to help us understand God’s character.
Many other places in the Bible tell of God’s character too. We especially see it on full display in the person of Jesus. Jesus himself says that if you have seen him, then you have seen the Father. Jesus lived out the wisdom of the Proverbs because he is one with God the Father.
Jesus is the example for us to follow. John 1:14 says that Jesus is “full of grace and truth.” In the sermon this past weekend, Pastor Jeff Manion pulled out a coffee cup filled all the way to the brim. He challenged us to imagine that full cup as our hearts of grace and truth. Often our hearts might be full of one but seriously lacking in the other. But not Jesus—his cup was full of both.
This week, we will look more deeply into the heart of Jesus and ask ourselves, “what we are full of?” If somebody “bumped” into us, what would spill out of our hearts? May we be open to grow in bringing truthful grace and gracious truths.
IN YOUR CHAIR TIME TODAY
Find a quiet place where you can spend a few minutes with God in prayer. With your hands open and your heart ready—pray and ask God to prepare your heart to learn more about grace and truth through the life of Jesus. Ask him to reveal areas where you need to grow and for the courage to take steps this week.
Download a printable PDF of the BTW week here.