What Jesus Did! 'The Son and the Father Find a Home' — John 14:21-23

Friday, September 28, 2018

"If a person knows my commands and obeys those commands, then that person truly loves me. And my Father will love the person that loves me. And I will love that person. I will show myself to him."
Then Judas (not Judas Iscariot) said, "But Lord, why do you plan to show yourself to us, but not to the world?"
Jesus answered, "If any person loves me, then he will obey my teaching. My Father will love that person. My Father and I will come to that person and live with him."
— John 14:21-23 NLT
Illustration of John 14:21-23 NLT — "If any person loves me, then he will obey my teaching. My Father will love that person. My Father and I will come to that person and live with him."

Key Thought

Do you know how God chooses a place to live? He looks for someone who is obedient to him, then the Father and the Son come to live in that person through the Holy Spirit. Not only do they live there, they reveal their presence. In other words, Jesus has gone to heaven to prepare a place for us there. However, until we can come live with him, he comes to live in us. Our invitation for him to come and live in us is our love for him, shown in our obedience.

Today's Prayer

Holy and righteous Father, I love you and want you to inhabit my life, to mold my character, and to be pleased by my obedience to your will. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Matthew 7:21-27
  • Acts 5:32
  • Mark 3:31-35

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About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.