Day 12: Do You Believe?


                                                                                       DO YOU BELIEVE?


"But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His Name."

John 20:31, RSV


If you have been taking the 30 Day Bible Challenge, then after completing today's reading of John 14-21 you will have accomplished something that most people will never do: You will have read through the Gospels!


Big deal, some would say, but I want you to know that it is, indeed, a very big deal. In just twelve days you have read four of the greatest literary works ever composed. But they are far more than just literary works, for they are the precise written message that God wanted you to receive. You have read the biography of Jesus as seen through the eyes of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Matthew and John were two of Jesus' apostles. Mark was written by John Mark, an associate of the Apostle Peter. Luke was a physician, and an associate of the Apostle Paul.


Of far more importance than the credentials of these men is the fact that their words were inspired by the Holy Spirit. In other words, God took no chances. The four books you have just completed are factually flawless. God made them so in order that we might know exactly what He and Christ have done for us, and exactly what they expect of us. The Gospels that you have just read are the most accurate version of any history ever written. Now, what will you do with these words?


May I suggest that you use them to recommit your life to Christ? They were written so that you might believe... do you? They were written so that you might obey... have you? God has a wonderful life planned for you for these few years you have on earth, but an even more wonderful and permanent life awaiting you in eternity. In the next stage of this Bible challenge you will read of the Christians who make up Christ's body - the church. In addition to Christ's words in Matthew 28:19-20 and John 3:16, you will read of the requirements for all who would be Christians. You will read of the saving faith of the first church members. You will read that it is God (not man) who adds us to the church upon our obedience to His commands, and you will read what God expects of the individuals who make up the body of Christ as they do His will on earth.


The words that you have read during the past twelve days were written so that you might believe and so be saved.


Do you believe?


If so, why not continue to read and find out what God requires of all believers. You will be glad you did!


"Then He said to Thomas, 'Put your finger here and see my hands; and put out your hand and place it in my side; do not be faithless, but believing.

'Thomas answered Him, 'My Lord and my God!'

Jesus said to him, 'Have you believed because you have seen Me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe.'" 

John 20:27-29, RSV