Daily D – John 1:48
“How do you know me?” Nathanael asked. “Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you,” Jesus answered.
JOHN 1:48 (CSB)
John the Baptizer recognized this truth.
“This was the one of whom I said, ‘The one coming after me ranks ahead of me, because he existed before me,’” (John 1:15).
When it comes to God and you, he always takes the initiative. All promptings are his. Everything we do is response or reaction. We respond in faith and obedience, or we react with denial and disobedience.
John writes in 1 John 4:19, “We love because he first loved us.” In the chess match of life, God always makes the first move. Not to spoil anything, but the final move is his as well.
Before all things, before anything, Jesus knew you. He knew you would come. He knew your time and place. He knew your name. He knew all of your sinful reactions. He knew all of your faithful responses. He knew what you needed and when you would need it. He knew you would sin naturally and intentionally. He knew he would pay the price to forgive your sins and to welcome you into his family.
Not only did Jesus know all about you, he also had a mission for you. He had, has, a role for you to play in making his kingdom come and his will done on earth as it is in heaven. He has made you to be the positive alternative to a dark and tasteless world.
What do you need to know about today and the days to come? Ask the One who has always known the right thing to do and empowers everyone, including you, who responds in faith and obedience. This is how to live a better life. This is how to build a better world.
I will seek to know and experience the One who has always known me.
Our Father, you have known me from before time. When Jesus was on the cross, I was on his mind. When I was lost and destined for eternal separation from you, you wooed me with your faithful, redeeming love. All I had to do was to say Yes to your offer of mercy, grace, and salvation. You know what is ahead of me today and what is ahead for the rest of my days. However you initiate, I will respond with faithful obedience and joyful engagement. Amen.
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Psalm 139:17, 18 How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered! I can’t even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand! And when I wake up, you are still with me!
2 Corinthians 5:1-5 For we know that when this earthly tent we live in is taken down (that is, when we die and leave this earthly body), we will have a house in heaven, an eternal body made for us by God himself and not by human hands. We grow weary in our present bodies, and we long to put on our heavenly bodies like new clothing. For we will put on heavenly bodies; we will not be spirits without bodies. While we live in these earthly bodies, we groan and sigh, but it’s not that we want to die and get rid of these bodies that clothe us. Rather, we want to put on our new bodies so that these dying bodies will be swallowed up by life. God himself has prepared us for this, and as a guarantee he has given us his Holy Spirit.
1 Corinthians 10:13 The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.