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 …The words I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life.- Jn. 6:63 (NIV)

What Jesus shared with His disciples at this point in His ministry caused some to walk with Him no longer.  They walked out and walked away from Jesus.  They left Him for good because they could not handle what He was saying about being the Bread of Life that gives eternal life.  Yet, they found it hard to accept.  That’s when Jesus drops the real bomb.  The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life. Yet there are some of you who do not believe (John 6:63-64, NIV).   How much harder was that one to handle? He hit them with a direct blow to their ego-centered theology.  After all, they were hanging out with the Master.  You don’t get much closer to having arrived than that, or so they thought.  That was at least until Jesus shared His spiritual insights about where they stood spiritually with what He was saying to everyone.

Is there something that you struggle with that comes out through the red letters of your Bible? What “hard saying” of Jesus do you find yourself tripping over from time to time? Don’t worry.  You are not alone.  The choir director struggles with it.  The youth director has issues with some of them.  Some of the mothers of the church still question a few of those “but I say” statements of Jesus from the Sermon on the Mount.  The Sunday school teacher tries to find an easier way to say it much like the preacher who wants to build up and feed the flock rather than break them down.  You are certainly not alone.  We all still have some growing to do.

 What can you do? You can start by realizing that Jesus wants to grow in Christ.  He desires that start with the perfecting process.   He wants us to start.  Once we get started, He can supply us and sustain us, even strengthen us and support us.  He wants us to get started, though.  And where do we start? Speak life.  Do like Jesus.  Share words that give life.  Speak positive things that give life to individuals, especially those who live in hopelessness and despair.  Start by speaking life, sharing something positive with someone who may not have hope to hold onto for themselves.

“Be like Jesus.”- Bob Briner

“Your calling is to live like Christ.”- Andrew Murray

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