Words from the Heart for Monday October 12th, 2020
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 14:24 (NIV)
They Belong to the Father
A study based on Statistics Canada’s 2013 General Social Survey found that 93 per cent of immigrants had a strong sense of belonging to Canada. Furthermore, a connection to their home country didn’t prevent them from feeling a strong connection to Canada but led to a higher rating of well-being. 69% of immigrants felt a strong connection to both countries. They also scored higher for life satisfaction and mental health. Immigrants who assimilated tended to come from countries with lower levels of civil liberty and life satisfaction.
When our children were little, we would teach them obedience in a number of ways. The other day I heard one of them say to his little son, “Remember, obedience isn’t obedience unless it is immediate.” I laughed, because we had told him that countless times when he was little. One of the signs that we belong to Jesus is that we obey His teachings. Which is, in fact, one of the things He taught. In John 14:24 Jesus said, “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.” We do not become a follower of Jesus by keeping His commandments. Until we trust Him by faith and He transforms our hearts, it is impossible for us to keep His commandments. But after He transforms our lives, our desire is to please Him, as a thank-offering for the gift of eternal life we have received from Him. And so, He empowers us to keep His commandments. Just as Jesus lived to walk in obedience to the will of His Heavenly Father, so we walk in obedience to Him.
These have been words from the heart.