This is important to remember and so incredible for us because God has always worked on us knowing Him. We have the word, we had the word in flesh, Jesus, and now we have the Holy Spirit. There is no reason why we would choose this world if we open our heart and believe.
In verse 23 Jesus is clear on the importance of our love for Him. “All who love me will do what I say. My Father will love them, and we will come and make our home with each of them.” When we believe our heart is filled and the Holy Spirit will do all He can to keep us focused and growing. Our responsibility is to follow the Holy Spirit and trust in all He is showing us because it comes from the Father. The constant theme of love in John chapter 14 is so important for us to comprehend because it is who God is and it makes a difference in what we do. In verse 15 Jesus says, “If you love me, obey my commandments.” We don’t obey because we are told to; we obey because we love Him. This is the incredible example Jesus showed His entire time on earth.
He said many times that He does nothing on His own but only what the Father tells Him. We have the same chance to do this because the Father has given us all the tools necessary, all we have to do is use them. Verse 21 says, “Those who accept my commandments and obey them are the ones who love me. And because they love me, my Father will love them. And I will love them and reveal myself to each of them.” He will reveal Himself to all of us, so we know the truth.
Look at the devotion that Jesus has and the example we see for ourselves when He is getting ready to be turned over to the leading priest and Pharisee’s. Verses 30-31, “I don’t have much more time to talk to you, because the ruler of this world approaches. He has no power over me, but I will do what the Father requires of me, so that the world will know that I love the Father. Come, let’s be going.” What He was about to face is not really comprehendible for us, but He did it because it was not about Him. Jesus is with us to give us our strength and the Holy Spirit lives in us to guide us to do what is right. We can’t let the fear of this world dictate what we do even when it seems tough because when we are in Christ “the ruler of this world has no power over us.”
We are here for a short time to glorify God so when this world is gone we will have glory with the Father in heaven. Amen