30 “I can do nothing on my own. As I hear, I judge, and my judgment is just, because I seek not my own will but the will of him who sent me. 31 If I alone bear witness about myself, my testimony is not true. 32 There is another who bears witness about me, and I know that the testimony that he bears about me is true.33 You sent to John, and he has borne witness to the truth. 34 Not that the testimony that I receive is from man, but I say these things so that you may be saved. 35 He was a burning and shining lamp, and you were willing to rejoice for a while in his light. 36 But the testimony that I have is greater than that of John. For the works that the Father has given me to accomplish, the very works that I am doing, bear witness about me that the Father has sent me. 37 And the Father who sent me has himself borne witness about me. His voice you have never heard, his form you have never seen, 38 and you do not have his word abiding in you, for you do not believe the one whom he has sent. 39 You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me, 40 yet you refuse to come to me that you may have life. 41 I do not receive glory from people. 42 But I know that you do not have the love of God within you.43 I have come in my Father’s name, and you do not receive me. If another comes in his own name, you will receive him. 44 How can you believe, when you receive glory from one another and do not seek the glory that comes from the only God?45 Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father. There is one who accuses you: Moses, on whom you have set your hope. 46 For if you believed Moses, you would believe me; for he wrote of me. 47 But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe my words?”
You just got done reading the Word of God.
Let that sink in for a moment.
The same God who spoke the galaxies into existence and simply breathed to give life to mankind is the same God who spoke the words you just read, written through men. Sometimes people get frustrated and ask, “Why won’t God just speak to me!?” He is speaking. He is speaking to you right now. The real question is, are you listening?
The fact that you are reading this right now means that you are at least hearing. That is a great start. But the real power comes from listening (which means doing). Consider these words of James; “But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.” (1:22)
What have you been hearing over and over again from God that now it is time to start doing?
In the passage we just read, Jesus reveals the purpose and the message of all Scripture. Reread verse 39 & 40. All Scripture is meant to point us to trust in Jesus for life. To believe is to trust and to trust is to obey. Don’t just hear God’s Word, do what it says.
Pray for wisdom and courage today. Pray that your faith would move from hearing to truly listening. Pray that Jesus would reign in every area of your life.