John 12: 37-50
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Believing in Jesus means you look to Him as your ultimate Source of life.
John 12:42-43 says this -
“Nevertheless, many even of the authorities believed in him, but for fear of the Pharisees they did not confess it, so that they would not be put out of the synagogue; for they loved the glory that comes from man more than the glory that comes from God.”
Certain pharisees thought that there was more to gain in the praise of others than the life that comes from Jesus.
They were more enthralled by the idols of their heart than anything else.
For us, it might be possible as well to believe in Jesus, but then look to the idols of our heart to provide life.
And when I say idols of your heart , I mean anything that absorbs your heart and imagination more than God - anything you seek to give you the life that only God can give.
It’s anything that you can look at and say: “If I have that, then I’ll have meaning and value and significance”
But the truth is - idols will never give you that meaning and significance.
They will rob you of joy - they will steal your assurance - they will not forgive you when you fail them.
They will trap you in an unending loop of trying to get that thing you crave only to leave you unsatisfied and wanting more.
Such that you’ll try again - over and over and over - and never be satisfied.
So the way we should live is to remember that every single day there will be a battle fought in our hearts and minds.
Will we look to Jesus for life?
Or will we depend on our idols?
Will we keep trying to drink sand…
When we can instead go to the source of life and find living water?