John 6: 60-71
In God’s Time. Not Yours.
In this passage, we see that the call to faith can be like a sifting process, with Jesus knowing which followers leave and which followers remain.
I can’t help but wonder if maybe all was not lost for those who left. Maybe they weren’t ready for Jesus yet. Maybe Jesus wasn’t ready for them yet.
When I think of people I know who’ve been called to faith, my friend Katie comes to mind. I’d hear her testimonials, see the joy of the Holy Spirit in her and wonder — sometimes loudly, often quietly — if I’d ever feel that, if Jesus would ever choose me. “In God’s time, not yours,” she’d say.
Memorial always caught my attention when we’d come through town to visit family. Upon moving here, Chris and I decided to find a church to attend. “I want to try Memorial first,” I said. By the end of that first Sunday service, I knew this was where I was supposed to me. At my baptism a year ago January, I felt the Holy Spirit. I felt called. Finally called.
Maybe I wasn’t ready for Jesus until then. Maybe He wasn’t ready for me. God’s time. Not mine.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, help us to follow your teachings, even if we do not always understand them right away. Bless us with discernment, that in understanding, we may not lose faith, but strengthen it in You and your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior. It’s in Jesus’ name that we pray. Amen.
Thought for the Day: Life depends on continuing in Jesus’ words of life.