To hear someone talk that truly believes is like listening to a mechanic explain how to fix a car. It’s like picking out the roar of a lion or like getting a delivery in the mail after waiting in anticipation–it’s here. It’s finally arrived. It’s unmistakable, distinguishable out of one hundred look-alikes, and genuine. It’s the difference between being loved and being used for love. It’s full, solid, long lasting, has a clear first step, makes us feel good, tingles our backs, leaves us not wanting to move, not wanting to lose what we’re hearing, feeling and understanding. It makes us say now here is a guy who truly believes.
To hear someone talk who truly believes is like listening to someone talk about his or her best friend. We know our best friends. We know what they like and what they don’t like. We know where they’ll be and how to get a hold of them. We know how old they are and we know the names of their parents and their children. We can explain their history and their beliefs and their favorite foods. We know how tall they are, what clothes they wear, what car they drive, what they’ll say after we say…
Jesus didn’t talk about God in a way that left us feeling empty. He didn’t give us wishy washy advice, half developed ideas or principles that he only thought might work. He didn’t say I was reading one day and came across and interesting point. He gave us truth. He talked from a place that he lived, not a place that he believed he lived. He told us to give our lives to something bigger than us, and he would give us his. He showed us love, committed, continual, unmeasurable love. He showed us how to preserve for ourselves a place in paradise–a place where evil does not exist and cannot exist because it wouldn’t be paradise if it did exist. Jesus said he is Life. He talked about his Father and the Holy Spirit as if they were standing next to him and we could reach out and shake their hands, eat their bread and drink their water. He spoke about giving like it was the same as building. And he told us the Spirit gives life and the flesh counts for nothing and his words are spirit and they are life, and, yet, there are some who do not believe (John 6:61-63).
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit” (Romans 15:13).