When Jesus taught, people were drawn to him. Some of those drawn to him were drawn to question and challenge him, but they were still drawn. In John 7 a group of Jews said, “How has this man become learned, having never been educated?” So Jesus answered them and said, “My teaching is not mine, but His who sent me. If anyone is willing to do His will, he will know of the teaching, whether it is of God or whether I speak from myself.” The part of this response that caught my attention is Jesus saying, “If anyone is willing to do his will…” Jesus is telling us God only needs our willingness; if we would only be willing, God can work with our willingness.
Back before I was born again my wife, Tracey, and I were having some very intense marriage problems. The biggest one was me! I had an enormous addiction problem and she had simply had enough. One day she looked me straight in the eyes and said, “Are you willing to make this relationship work?” Of course I looked right back in her eyes and said, “No!” This is where the differences between men and women come in. When she said to me “are you willing” I, of course, heard her saying, “Are you willing to straighten your act up?” Because in my mind that is what she really meant, and at that time I was not ready to change. So, she left. She moved out for two weeks hoping I would wake up, but the two weeks turned into us being divorced for two years. The good news is we did remarry, but this time I was willing, was born again and delivered from addiction.
I thought of this again today, because I know someone that is separated from their husband, and she is going through a very tough time. Every time I looked at her today she was crying. I don’t know all the details of what she is going through, but it is painfully obvious she is hurting. I carry some very simple tracts in my wallet. They say, “Smile Jesus Loves you” at the top and have John 3:16 on the front “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” When you turn it over it has John 3:16 again only in place of “whosoever” it has a blank where you write the persons name. I wrote this lady’s name in the blanks and handed it to her. I told her to read the back and when she did she started sobbing and said, “thank you.” I just touched her shoulder and told her “It’s true you know.” I didn’t say anything else to her because I thought reminding her God loves her was enough. I have no way of knowing what will happen in this marriage, but I only hope they are willing to let God do what only he can do to repair it. If we will just let him in, just be willing to be made willing, he can and will do miraculous things in our lives.
Written by Louie