Words from the Heart for Tuesday October 6th, 2020
And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.
John 14:13-14 (NIV)
In My Name
Following the American Revolution, a large number of United Empire Loyalists were expelled from the new United States and moved north into the British colonies in Canada. By 1784, the population of the Maritime colony of Nova Scotia had grown to such a point that it was necessary to create a new and separate province. A number of names for the new colony were considered. ‘New Brunswick’ was chosen to honour King George III who had descended from the House of Brunswick.
Jesus’ entire life was based around others. He poured His time, energy and love into those who came across His path on a daily basis. Its’ no wonder that we read in the Gospels that Jesus took time regularly to get physical and spiritual rest and renewal. The purpose of His ministry was to prepare His followers for the ministry He would give them when He returned to Glory. In John 14 He assures them that they will accomplish even more than He did, and then He says this in John 14:13-14: “And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.” It is always important to understand the context of a verse in the Bible. There are those who read into this that Jesus will do for us anything we ask Him to do. That is not what He is promising here. The context is ministry. As we serve Him, loving others as He did, bringing Jesus’ healing, transforming touch to our world, He will provide all we ask for to share His love with others.
These have been words from the heart.