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By Your Works, Men Will Know Your Father

Rev. Tetteh-Annor Larbi | June 4, 2024 | John 10:31-39

KEY VERSE:

³⁷ If I do not do the works of My Father, do not believe Me; ³⁸ but if I do, though you do not believe Me, believe the works, that you may know and believe that the Father is in Me and I in Him. John 10:37-38 (NKJV)

 

MESSAGE:

Jesus was accused of blasphemy by the Jewish leaders and He responded by urging them to believe in the works He has done. Here, Jesus underscores this truth: our actions are evidence of our relationship with God. Our works in His name reveal His presence in our lives and demonstrate our connection to Him. As we faithfully serve, love, and care for others, we reveal our Father to the world, embodying the message of the Gospel through our lives. By our works, men will know our Father and be drawn to His everlasting love.

 

Jesus' miracles were not just displays of power but tangible expressions of God's character and love. Healing the sick, feeding the hungry, and raising the dead were works that reflected the heart of the Father and validated Jesus' divine mission. Similarly, our works serve as a testament to our faith and connection to God. When we engage in acts of kindness, justice, and love, we showcase the transformative power of God's grace in our lives. These actions speak louder than words, providing a living testimony of our Heavenly Father to those around us.


FEET AND HANDS FOR THE MESSAGE:

Consider the evidence of your faith in your daily life. Do your actions consistently point others to God? Are you living in a way that reflects His love and truth? Align your works with Jesus's teachings and example, and allow others to see God through you.

 

PRAYER:

Source of all life and the giver of life, I connect myself to you in every aspect of my life. May your divine nature be seen in all I am and in all I do. For your dear name’s sake. Amen.


THERE SHALL BE SHOWERS OF BLESSING.

SHOWERS! BLESSINGS!!

 

DAILY word study: DO The Greek word for "do" in this passage is "ποιῶ" (poió), which means to make, do, or perform. This verb is significant in the context of Jesus' ministry, emphasizing not just any action but specifically those actions that align with the will and purpose of God the Father.


In John 10:37-38, Jesus uses "ποιῶ" to refer to His divine actions—miracles and teachings—that reflect the will of God the Father. The context shows Jesus addressing the scepticism of the Jews regarding His identity. He asserts that His works (ποιῶ) are not independent but are in perfect harmony with the Father's will. This unity of action between Jesus and the Father serves as crucial evidence of His divine sonship. Theologically, this emphasizes the integral connection between faith and works, demonstrating that true belief in Jesus is affirmed by recognizing His divine deeds.


Reflections:

Consider how Jesus’ actions and miracles reflect the will of God the Father. How do you discern the will of God in your own life and ensure that your actions align with it? Reflect on the unity between Jesus and the Father, and how recognizing Jesus' works can strengthen your faith. How can you "do" (ποιῶ) the works of God in your daily life, demonstrating your faith through actions that reflect His will and purpose?


𝔹𝔸ℙ𝕋𝕀𝕊𝕋 Daily Devotional | AUDIO VERSION | JUNE 4, 2024

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