Daily Devotion, August 17 - I Am the Way

Pastor: Connie Belmore

Today’s Devotion – August 17, 2020
John 14:1-14
Weekly Theme: Who Do You Say I Am?
I Am the Way

Appreciative inquiry is a relatively new method of organization development which involves collaboratively engaging people in conversations by focusing on strengths of an organization rather than weaknesses. Throughout the process, it is important that participants remain curious as they explore their strengths and how they can do more of that which they do well. In their conversations rather than lead people to a particular conclusion based on an assessment of problems and “lead in” questions, those who facilitate healthy conversations remain curious to keep conversations going as ideas are generated. Jesus was the master of Appreciative Inquiry. Jesus directly asks the question “Who do people say I am?” or “Who do you say that I am?” Jesus also says “I am” which sounds like an incomplete sentence, leaving us to ask “You are Who?” This week’s devotions will focus on who Jesus says he is as well as who others say he is.

In today’s passage the “remain curious” statement is when Jesus says, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except by me.” He says this in response to Thomas the doubter who has said to Jesus, “Lord we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?” Philip then pipes in with “Lord – show us the Father and that will be enough for us”. Jesus may even be getting a bit frustrated by this point because these disciples have been with him and they still do not seem to get the fact that Jesus is God… Jesus is in God the Father, and the Father is in Jesus. The Father abides in Jesus who is doing God’s work. Jesus challenges them by essentially saying, “If you really believe me to be God, the Son, then you will carry out the work of the kingdom I have been demonstrating to you, and because you are going to be around longer than I am, you will be able to do even more great things."

When we approach Jesus, do we approach Jesus with curiosity, asking Jesus to open our eyes and ears, mind and heart to understand what the will of the Father is? Remaining curious about God’s will is not a yearly, monthly or daily routine… it is a lifestyle, lived out moment by moment. God will give us what we need to know if we remain open to “the way” Jesus speaks to us as he also intercedes on our behalf with the Father. Jesus is our way to the Father, because of what God did through him on the cross where he conquered sin, at the resurrection where death was conquered, and right now as Jesus sits right next to the Father to intercede on our behalf when we ask for anything in Jesus name.

Dear God, thank you for Jesus who is the way to you… the One you sent to show us the way and to prepare the way so that we might be rescued from sin and death and glorify you. Help us to be content in simply knowing “You are” and remaining curious throughout each day as you reveal who You are in each circumstance that we find ourselves in throughout the day. It is in Jesus’ name we pray, knowing God, that you are Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.

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