In this chapter Author Kyle Idleman deals with the story of Nicodemus in John 3. When Nicodemus first met Jesus was he a follower or a fan? The author makes a good case that Nicodemus started out as a fan but later became a follower.
Nicodemus was a member of the Sanhedrin, who were the religious elite. He admired Jesus and believed that Christ was definitely sent from God. However, if he were to follow Jesus it would cost him dearly. Many of the religious leaders of that day would ostracize him. He would have to choose between a relationship or religion.
Following Jesus means that He will interfere with “our life.” It would eventually cost Nicodemus a great price. However, according to the author most people want Jesus without following Him.
Kyle concludes this chapter by asking a thought provoking question: Have you made a decision for Jesus or have you committed to Jesus? Jesus’ invitation was to follow after Him, to believe upon Him. Biblical belief leads to following Him, not merely a mental acceptance of certain facts. If we truly believe Christ, we will follow Christ.
Chapter 2 is another thought provoking read.
The truth is Jesus knows all about YOU! He knows your heart, your motives, your desires, your faults, your failures, your weaknesses, your struggles, your sincerity, your ____________________________________ (fill in the blank). He knows. The amazing thing is that even though He knows, He still loves us.
As I was reading in my devotions this morning I came across this Scripture:
But Jesus did not commit himself unto them, because he knew all men, And needed not that any should testify of man: for he knew what was in man. John 2:24-25
There were many who “believed” in Jesus the “miracle man” (see John 2:23). According to the Amplified Bible they simply “identified themselves with His party” after seeing the signs and wonders He performed. However, we know that the new birth is more than verbal identification. We are to trust in, cling to and rely upon the risen Christ as our Lord and Savior. Faith in Christ leads to the New Birth (John 3:3) and a total transformation (2 Corinthians 5:17).
So as He looks deep into my soul and yours what does He see? Does He see a meaningless mental consent to Christianity or does He see a genuine faith in Him? We often talk about committing our lives to Christ, but we see from this passage that Christ commits Himself to those who truly believe.
He knows YOU and He knows me. What does He see?