by Dave Miller
Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life, and we have believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God.” - John 6:68
To whom shall we go? The Word of Life, Jesus Christ, is the source of life, peace, courage, love, faith… Yet, where do we go?
We seek the lesser because the lesser seams real. The words of a friend. The advice of my facebook feed, blog, or book. My echo chamber? Filled with reinforcements of my own opinion convincing me my point of view is not only right but ultimate. Do we look for someone to support our authority or do we seek an authority to correct our limitation?
The power found in the Holy Spirit advance of God’s Word is undeniable and irreplaceable. Jesus has the words of eternal life, not just the life to come. For this is eternal life, “that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent” (John 13:3). Eternal Life has a name, he is Jesus. His Word is our sustaining bread that come down from heaven, while we walk in the wilderness.
We need a resurgence of desperation for and utter dependence upon the Bread of Life and Living Water. Scripture intake is indispensable to our walk with Christ. Both quality and quantity is required. I am all for teaching and great bible study, but nothing ever replaces the Word of God in the hands of the man or woman in the presence of our Lord. Undiluted, undigested, raw, to be received in the power of the Holy Spirit spoken directly to your soul in the specific way you need it. Be it rebuke, encouragement, sustainment, or a call to action.
You must hear directly from God. You must take in the Word of God. Clear out whatever must be cleared. There is no greater need, no more valuable moment. Your soul is starving and your life is withering without the Holy banquet. Spend time with your Lord. Stick with it until you learn to hear, then rejoice in the moment and walk in obedience.
Where else will we go? Jesus has the words of life.
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