DO YOU BELIEVE?

Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying. Everyone who lives in me and believes in me will never ever die. Do you believe this, Martha?” John 11:25-26, NLT

When Jesus arrived at the home of Lazarus, Martha, and Mary following Lazarus’ burial, emotions were running high and grief was in full swing. Many were judgmental and critical that Jesus did not arrive earlier and “perform” a healing like He had done so many times before. But, in fact, Jesus purposefully came late to demonstrate the power of believing in Him and His resurrection. Jesus’ exchange with Martha in John 11:26 ends with, “Do you believe this Martha?”

I often wonder what I might say if someone asked me, “Do you believe Jesus is God and that to obey Him is to obey God? Do you believe God is all-powerful and the only source of righteousness?” I would hope I would answer yes.

I also wonder how I would be able to honestly answer this question, “Do your actions reveal that you believe this? Do your priorities suggest to other observers that you believe this?”

Lord, help us all to live today in ways that confirm our faith in You as our Savior, Lord, King, and God over all the universe for all time. Lord, I want to honor You in all I choose today. I need You to lead me. Thank You. Amen.

Copyright Dr. Dan Elliott.

Dr. Elliott is a lifetime retired member of Christian Educators who lives in California.

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