20 Apr

Hello again!

This is what God gave me today in His word:

Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it. (John 14:13-14)

Now obviously this doesn’t mean we can just ask Jesus for a Ferrari, and it’ll all of a sudden appear in our garage… Or does it? I mean, Jesus does say if we ask anything in His name, ‘He’ll do it’. So, does “anything” include sin? If we ask Jesus to give us some kind of sin, will He do it? Well of course not! The mere thought is preposterous, but it brings up an interesting question: what can we actually ask in Jesus’ name?

Yes, if we ask in His name, Jesus will do whatever it is we’re asking. But here’s the thing, in order to actually ask Jesus to do something, we first must actually be Christians. If we aren’t Christians, we can’t ask for anything, but salvation, in Jesus’ name. So, with that established, there’s one key quality of being a follower of Christ that I’d like to point out here: you cannot fully understand that Jesus has died for you; that He has given up His very life to save yours, and not love Him. This is important, because of the verse directly after the ones we just looked at:

“If you love me, you will keep my commandments. (John 14:15)

The commandments He’s talking of being the ones He talked about earlier in John: love one another, etc.. No where in their does He mention, “Get a Ferrari” (they didn’t have cars), or, “Get a mansion”. In fact, instead of that, He tells us not to love money… All that, to say if we’re truly Christians, we shouldn’t want to ask Jesus to give us a means to sin. In fact, we can’t even ask that “in Jesus’ name”, as it’s impossible to truly ask for sin in Jesus’ name. Much better, would be to ask Him to help us overcome in areas where we’re weak, or to help others overcome, etc..

Jesus has died for us! How then, while fully understanding that, can we ask Him to give us something we don’t actually need (i.e. food, shelter, clothes, and a means of transportation)?

You are Loved!

Joshua Cleveland


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