“Actions speak louder than words.” When it comes down to it, we act out of what we believe. Do we believe Jesus?
30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised. 31 Honor her for all that her hands have done, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate [by her husband-see verse 23].
Jesus was straightforward about salvation and commitment. He told us that we act out of what we believe. If we believe that He is God (one with the Father), then we will do what He says. It’s that simple. Jesus explained this process when He was telling the disciples about the coming Holy Spirit. Let’s listen in:
John 14:15 If you love me, keep my commands. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever–17 the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. 18 I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. 19 Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. 20 On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. 21 Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father and I will love them and show myself to them.
15 “If you love me”– Jesus’ commands are designed to heal us, to direct us, to protect us, and to give us life. In loving Him, we love ourselves.
16 “Another advocate”- Jesus was the first Advocate; He was going to send the Holy Spirit to them, which is Him! In 18, He told them that He would come to them. Granted, He DID rise from the dead and meet them in Galilee, but He also promised to live in them. 23 Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home in them.” Jesus and the Holy Spirit are one even as Jesus and the Father are one.
19 “Because I live, you also will live”– THE PROMISE! On this promise we hang our hopes and dreams. Jesus is LIFE both in this world and the next!
20 “In him…in me…in you- We have been included in the Trinity! In a secondary fashion, of course. This intimacy goes way beyond any religion–even Jesus’ Jewish religion. WE ARE ONE WITH GOD! Can I explain it? No. But He can. Ask Him to reveal and experience this oneness with Him to you. He is waiting for you to ask.
21 “I will love them and show myself to them”- Want to know Jesus better? Start by believing that His commands are trustworthy. Now, DO THEM. In doing them we have the promise that He will show Himself to us. In many cases, we need to be on the other side of obedience in order to comprehend what He is showing us.
In “The Karate Kid,” Mr. Miyagi taught Daniel a great lesson of hand/arm motion by having him paint a fence [I was going to put a link to a YouTube segment of the movie, but the language was too bad. Sorry]. The illustration holds true. Often, we don’t understand what the LORD is teaching us until we get on the other side of it. The question is, do we trust Him?
Here’s a better example. When Jesus was first calling Peter and Andrew, James and John…
Luke 5:1 One day as jesus was standing by the Lake of Galilee, the people were crowding around him and listening to the word of God. 2 He saw at the water’s edge two boats, let there by the fishermen [the four future-disciples], who were washing their nets. 3 He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon [Peter], and asked him to put out a little from shore [first act of obedience]. Then he sat down and taught the people from the boat [the water carried his voice much better then being on land].
4 When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.”
5 Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets [second act of obedience].”
6 When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break. 7 So they signaled their partners [James and John] in the other boat to come and help them, and they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink. [WOW!]
8 When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus’ knees and said, “Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!” [Peter realized that God was working in his life; it brought conviction and worship] 9 For he and all his companions were astonished at the catch of fish they had taken, 10 and so were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, Simon’s partners.
Then Jesus said to Simon, “Don’t be afraid; from now on you will fish for people.”[the point Jesus was making] 11 So they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed him.
What is our “catch” from this story?
1. When Jesus asks us to do something, do it BEFORE asking why.
2. Be ready for something marvelous and miraculous to happen.
3. We WILL feel conviction and wonder and be moved to worship Him.
4. We don’t have to be afraid. Even if our plans are about to change, they are for our good and His will.
Let’s trust Him and go with His Plan. He has wonderful things in store…