Sometimes major lessons come through minor characters. Philip, a rarely mentioned apostle, shows us that regardless of our doubts, change is possible in the knowledge of Jesus.
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8 “Lord,” said Philip, “show us the Father, and that’s enough for us.”
9 Jesus said to him, “Have I been among you all this time and you do not know me, Philip? The one who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? 10 Don’t you believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words I speak to you I do not speak on my own. The Father who lives in me does his works. 11 Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me. Otherwise, believe because of the works themselves.
Some key statements and questions put forward that are important for us to talk about…
"...show us the Father, and that's enough for us."
"Have I been among you all this time and you do not know me, Philip?
“The Father who lives in me does his works."
Do you do what Jesus does? Works are not the only way we work out our belief in Jesus, but they are one metric by which we gauge change. What works have you seen Jesus do in you and through you recently?
Do you know what Jesus knows? Studying God's word and the life of Jesus in the Bible is one way we deepen our belief in him. How well do you know the Bible? Are your study habits a large part of how your belief has been formed?
Do you bring your doubts to Jesus like Phillip did? Phillip didn't pretend he believed things he didn't. Do you have the type of honest relationship with Jesus where you can say "there's not enough bread" and "I'll believe it when I see it"?
Trust is a choice. Say this out loud: I know you are a trustworthy God, help me trust you more.
Belief is not pretending to believe. Say this out loud: Jesus, help me see the areas where I am half-trusting you. Help me close the gap.
I will go where you lead. Say this out loud: I want to be the kind of person who is known for doing things like Jesus does. Help me obey.