Thursday, March 18, 2021
For the past several years we have enjoyed seeing several foxes wander through our back yard. They are attracted to some of the food sources that live near us, like squirrels and rabbits. Each year these foxes raise a litter of kits. The last den was up in the woods behind our house and down the ridge a little. It was fun to see the kits running around and jumping through our yard as they played and explored. It was fascinating to see how much like their parents they were in appearance and behavior.
As we observe creation, we quickly recognize that God expressed His nature in His work. God’s nature is without contradiction. Fox do not give birth to litters of bunnies. Whether in animals or plants, each kind produces only its own kind.
So it is with Jesus, and so it is to be with us. Jesus makes an incredible statement in John 14:11.
“Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me, or else believe on account of the works themselves.“
The works of Jesus are the perfect expression of His nature, which is also the nature of the Father. Therefore, by observation of His works we can know who God is and believe on Him. We do not have to wonder whether or not the works of Jesus are an honest expression of God, for the Father is in Jesus, and Jesus is in the Father, so no work can ever contradict who they are.
Let’s make that point personal. To whom do your works point? What can people know to be true about Jesus based solely on the work you do for Him? Do any of the works of your life contradict the nature of Christ who is in you through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit?
Think on that today. And every day. Are we producing only the fruit of righteousness and grace and love according to the nature of Jesus Christ, or are there attitudes and actions that contradict the presence of God in our lives?