Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Barclay: our sense of need

Tuesday, April 25, 2017
    Feast of Mark the Evangelist
    [Jesus:] “How can you believe, when you receive glory from one another and do not seek the glory that comes from the only God? Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father. There is one who accuses you: Moses, on whom you have set your hope. If you believed Moses, you would believe me; for he wrote of me. But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe my words?”
    —John 5:44-47 (ESV)
    So long as we judge ourselves by human comparisons, there is plenty of room for self-satisfaction, and self-satisfaction kills faith, for faith is born of the sense of need. But when we compare ourselves with Jesus Christ, and through Him, with God, we are humbled to the dust, and then faith is born, for there is nothing left to do but to trust to the mercy of God.
    ... William Barclay (1907-1978), The Gospel of John, v. 1, Edinburgh: Saint Andrew Press, 1965, p. 201 (see the book)
    See also John 5:44-47; Matt. 6:2-6; John 12:39-44; Rom. 8:6-9; 12:2; 1 Cor. 2:12; 2 Cor. 5:16; Heb. 3:12
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, grant that I may become one who is concerned only with pleasing You.
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