Today’s chapter could take an entire week of devotionals if you ask me! I highly recommend having a Bible in front of you when going through today’s post. Because of how much I found within this chapter we are going to have a slightly different format today… I am going to give the verse and then give the reflection question without too much of my own words to add to it. Take today to really pause and think about your own thoughts instead of just mine, and I will do my best to take a backseat and be more of a guide than a driver.
Vs 3-8: How does this idea of being born again through baptism play into your life? If baptism is a decision you have already made, are you still reflecting that “rebirth” in your life? If you have not made that commitment, how do Jesus’ words impact your expectations for salvation?
Vs. 11-12: Do you fall into the category of those who hear of the amazing things God can do, and yet still do not believe that He can do them? Do you think you’re missing out on some of the things God has because you don’t accept the “basic” or “earthly” teaching?
Vs. 16: We all know this verse well, but take a few moments longer to stop and think about what it means without just speeding through it. It’s a popular verse for a reason! What meaning does it hold for you?
Vs. 17-18: According to these verses, think about the purpose for Jesus in the world. How can you take and apply that into your own life and relationships? Does this change how you want to interact with the people that you are surrounded by?
Vs. 19-21: Are there any things in your life you are leaving in the dark? Why? What does it mean for you to be vulnerable and seen plainly in the sight of God? How does that make you feel when reflecting on your own life?
Vs. 26-30: John very easily could have taken a lot more credit and gained a large following for himself here. How does his response of becoming less so that Jesus can become greater and sacrificing his own personal status relate to your life? Is giving God the credit or putting other people’s missions/needs ahead of your own something that comes naturally? We can all guess what the answer here should be, but it’s much harder to act on that and make a change in our own life.
Vs. 33-34: The “it” here is referring to Jesus’ testimony. Now that we are in the time post-resurrection, do you feel people, believers specifically, still struggle to accept the truths that Jesus preached? Go beyond just what Jesus preached about the Kingdom, and think about what he has said about who God is, or what He has done, etc… If people do not accept Jesus’ testimony, what does that mean about their relationship with God?
Vs. 36: This verse is very similar to verse 18, so clearly the message is important! When an author repeats an idea it usually means to take special note of it. Why would the author repeat an idea like this? Is it a theme you see extending beyond just the book of John? How do you feel your life reflects the truths in this verse?
I hope some of these questions made you think a little bit longer today! I encourage you to discuss these ideas with others and get their perspective on it as well. If you can’t find anyone… I’d be happy to share some of the answers and ideas I have floating around in my head. In my opinion, these kinds of things are always better when you have the opportunity to talk with another believer!
Have a fantastic rest of your day!