How often do we wonder about something, but yet forget to go to the primary source of spiritual truth and wisdom? The gospels contain the direct words of Jesus, as alive and relevant today as they were 2,000 years ago. All we need to do is open our bibles.
Here are just a few examples, from John, where Jesus is speaking to the Jews and being challenged by the Pharisees.
"The one who sent me is with me; he has not left me alone, for I always do what pleases him." (John 8:29)
This is a powerful message in a little sentence. WWJD? The course of action that pleases God. Jesus is the world's best role model. By doing things that please God, we draw closer to Him, and He draws closer to us.
"If you hold to my teaching, you really are my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." (John 8:31)
Think about that. Just as the Jews who believed Jesus was the son of God, was indeed of God, and followed his teachings, so are we set free (from the wages of sin, by salvation through Christ) and become disciples of Jesus. Remembering that we are disciples helps us stay on course and get back on course when we invariably stray from living a Christ-like life. It's a weighty responsibility, but paradoxically one that also lifts off all burdens. Jesus says he will give rest to the weary and burdened (Matthew 11:29).
"He who belongs to God hears what God says. The reason you do not hear is that you do not belong to God." (John 8:47)
We often wonder if God is listening. Does He hears us? He does. But do we hear Him? Jesus tells us how to open our communication channel, how to clear the static and interference, so that we can hear God's voice back to us. Belong to God. Acknowledge Him, worship Him, glorify Him, thank Him for blessings. Be still, be humble, and listen. Simple, yet amazing.