Today’s reading is John 17.
Pop Quiz: Where and when did Jesus say, “Know thyself”?
Pop Quiz#2: Where and when did Jesus say, “To thine own self be true”?
How did you do? Do you remember when Jesus said those things? If you are having trouble remembering, don’t beat yourself up. Jesus didn’t say either of those things. Neither did Paul. Neither did any other person in biblical history. The first is actually attributed to Socrates. The second to Polonius in Shakespeare’s “Hamlet.” Imagine that. Neither one of these statements came from Jesus. Do you know what did come from Jesus? “And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.” In a world focused on the idolatry of self, it might do us good to remember that today, I need to spend more time getting to know God than getting to know myself. By extension, if I start by being true to God, I will be true to myself and others as well. What are your next steps for getting to know God better?
Tomorrow’s reading is John 18.
A Word for Our Kids
Hey kids, did you catch what I shared with your parents? It is so easy for you to be centered on yourself. It is so easy for you to think what matters most is looking deep down inside and finding what is meaningful to you. Not only is that easy, but you have an entire world encouraging you and patting us on the back when you do. You will be told you are being brave when you do that. But Jesus gives a completely different perspective. Do you want to know who you are? You are a blessed creation of the God of the universe. You are someone Jesus died on the cross to save. The bravest thing you will ever do is give your allegiance to Emperor Jesus and get to know Him. The more you know Him, the more you serve Him, the more you are true to Him, the better you will be. Then, and only then, will you find what is truly life.