22 Then Judas (not Judas Iscariot) said, “But, Lord, why do you intend to show yourself to us and not to the world?” 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 with them. 24 Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me. John 14:22-24
I know that there are things you do not understand. I know that my ways at times do not seem right or just. This is evidenced by your questions of me. You know how the world works from a finite perspective. You ask why I don’t reveal myself to every person, without realizing that I revealed myself completely in my son. I love the world so very much, the entire world. I gave my one and only son; that whom ever believes in him would never experience separation from me, but they would instead experience eternal life with me.
When you believe in my son, you make your home with us. You place your tent in our camp and you belong to our family. My family is grand and full and rich and good. You take on the family name and you inherit the traits of my family. My spirit gives you love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness and self-control. These are the character traits of my family. There is no law forbidding any of them. Every character trait I give, leads to life. Every single one!
My beloved child, you are a part of a royal family. Your obedience counts. Your obedience is proof of belief and your acceptance of my love. Every thing I ask of you is out of good and love for you. Trust in this. Trust that I am a good Father. Trust in my son, whom I gave out of abundant love for you. Join us, dwell in my spirit, let him live through you. Let your life speak of the family to whom you belong.
I pray that you will believe in Jesus, with great love.
I pray that your life will take on the character traits of your heavenly Father.
I pray that you will reveal Jesus through your words, actions and attitudes.
I pray that you will trust in the abundant love of the Father for you.
I pray that you will know the wonder of belonging to a royal family.
I pray that others will see your good deeds, your generous heart and your great compassion and praise your Father in heaven!
When you receive a cold call or interact with a rude sales associate, respond to them with grace. Ask them how their day is? Use your brief interaction with these individuals to bless them, extend grace, show love and ooze the character of your Father!