Nicodemus’ Issue

John 3:1-3 WEB

Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. [2] The same came to him by night, and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God, for no one can do these signs that you do, unless God is with him.” [3] Jesus answered him, “Most certainly, I tell you, unless one is born anew, he can’t see God’s Kingdom.”

Did you catch that last line of the text scripture? You must be born again to see God. It is noteworthy that Nicodemus, though he was a Pharisee, was able to understand the meaning of the signs. There is a suggestion that Nicodemus is born again. All he lacked was acknowledging Christ as the Messiah. And that was Nicodemus’ issue. He came to Christ in the cloak of darkness. He was conscious of the opinions of other Pharisees and religious leaders. So, though he believed, he was not ready to let others know that he believed. The word says that believing is not enough. We must believe in our hearts and confess with our mouths to be saved. “If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” (Romans 10:9 NLT) Do not be deceived beloved, whatever a person has apart from confession is less than what they might have if they publicly acknowledge their devotion to Jesus Christ.    

Lord Jesus, please bless me with grace to confess you publicly, lovingly, and boldly. In Jesus’ name, I pray, amen.

Like Jesus

John 2:17 WEB

His disciples remembered that it was written, “Zeal for your house will eat me up.”

Have you ever prayed and asked God to make you more like Jesus? This is one of those neat scriptures that tell us plainly one of Jesus’ attributes. Jesus was consumed with passion for God’s House. Strangely, despite believers professing a desire to be like Jesus, there is little passion for God’s House. Do you want to see the level of passion for God’s House that is in your church? It is easy, just go to the next workday. It’s amazing to see people profess willingness to be like God and then not show up for a workday. There is little evidence of passionate love for the House of God in most churches.

Lord Jesus, please partner with me to grow in passion for your house. Release the grace I need to become more like you. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.