Here is a statement directly from Jesus that might upset your theology initially:
And the Father who sent Me, He has testified of Me. You have neither heard His voice at any time nor seen His form. You do not have His word abiding in you, for you do not believe Him whom He sent. You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; it is these that testify about Me; and you are unwilling to come to Me so that you may have life. (John 5:35-40)
greatest challenge in this statement is that many of us think we have
the best life available in our circumstances so we don't even search the
scriptures looking for life. We do tend to place our dependence upon
weekly or occasional messages preached on Sundays or other days of the
week on the radio or television.
told us that if we have God's word hidden within us that we will find
true life. What he doesn't invite us to is to study the scriptures
every day or to memorize a certain number of scriptures daily or
monthly. What He said is "Come to Me". Elsewhere He said without any hesitation or any exception: "My sheep hear My voice".
The church today, in large part, is spiritually bankrupt because we have injected all types of formulas and programs for fulfilling the "needs" of its members. We have failed to under-gird the members with a clear message of the good news of Jesus! "Come unto Me all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest".
There simply is no true life outside of Jesus! What we have imagined to this point is that if we do the "right" things and work hard life will work itself out. Is there anything in your experience that confirms this convoluted thinking? Do you see crowds of people who are a little farther down that familiar path that have found real life? The lies have been hoisted upon mankind to lead us to the miserable end of disappointment, frustration and poverty.
Here is God's challenge to us today: (2 Corinthians 13:4-6)
For indeed He was crucified because of weakness, yet He lives because of the power of God. For we also are weak in Him, yet we will live with Him because of the power of God directed toward you. Test yourselves to see if you are in the faith; examine yourselves! Or do you not recognize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you—unless indeed you fail the test?
Is Jesus in you? This is a simple pass/fail test!