It Takes Time

Re:Verse passage – John 12:20-37, 42-50 (day four)

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could always say what Jesus said in verse 45?  “He who sees Me sees the One who sent Me.”  When people looked at us, we would hope that they would see Jesus…His character, His love, His obedience.  What can we do to insure that we are giving a clear and accurate picture of Christ to others?

We must first be familiar with the character of Christ.  This comes from spending time with Him…in Scripture, in prayer, in meditation, in practice.  If we don’t know the character of Christ, there is no way we can accurately paint a picture of it with our lives.  To intimately know Christ takes time.  If we want to have a firm, expansive knowledge of Scripture 10 years from now, we need to be deeply invested in study and daily practice now!  Many of the spiritual giants we read about now, got that way after a lifetime of faithful living.

Colossians 1 says, “I ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God;”

Author: Larry Soape

Larry Soape is the Associate Pastor for Median & Senior Adults, and Missions at FBCSA.

2 thoughts on “It Takes Time”

  1. A practical blog! Thank you. In general, to truly understand someone, it takes time and patience. It can take years and requires constant face-to-face interaction and communication with someone to whom we want to build a good and lasting relationship or friendship.

    In life, some of us may look to someone whom we admire and want to be a follower. If we become a true follower, we will want to act and behave like that person.

    True and long-lasting fellowship or friendship requires trust and does take time!

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