Relationship Over Wonders

When I hear some preachers, I only hear about what God is going to do for me. The interesting thing I find in Scriptures is that while there are a lot of promises where God is going to bless me, but I also find a lot of Scriptures about the fact that I am made for God’s glory. That second part, where we are created for God’s glory, seems to be forgotten by these preachers. I don’t know why they skip over this second truth. I won’t speculate. I just know it’s important. It is the chief end of man, after all.

Now when he was in Jerusalem at the Passover Feast, many believed in his name when they saw the signs that he was doing. But Jesus on his part did not entrust himself to them, because he knew all people and needed no one to bear witness about man, for he himself knew what was in man. – John 2:23-25, ESV

During that first Passover after Jesus had begun His ministry, He performed many miracles. The Bible says that many believed because of those miracles. However, it then says that Jesus did not entrust Himself to these people. Why not?

Perhaps it’s because they only believed because of the miracles and they only followed out of of a desire for more miracles. The “believed” here is shallow belief, something superficial; we would describe this as head knowledge. In other words, there was no relationship. Jesus did not bring these folk into his trust. He could see why they followed. They didn’t follow Him for Him, but for what He could do for them.

God has always been clear that He desires a relationship with us, His creation. We see it from the opening stages of Genesis, when He walked in the Garden of Eden with the first man and woman. We see this in Revelation when we are restored to the New Jerusalem. These folks weren’t interested in a real relationship.

What about us? Are we looking to God for what He could do for us? Or are we looking to God for the relationship He desires to have with us? Are we waiting for wonders and miracles? Or are we waiting for Him? There is a distinct difference between the two. Which of these is most important to you

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  1. Jos

    Great thought Brian. Love to read the notes and please keep on writing.
    Like you stated, HE must have seen their hearts.
    “I the LORD search the heart and test the mind, to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his deeds.”Jeremiah 17:10

    I think it was referring about those who were bystanders.
    But, how about 9 out of 10 who experienced it, right?

    Just pasted references quick read.

    Luke 17:
    5 One of them, when he saw that he was healed, came back to Jesus, shouting, “Praise God!” 16 He fell to the ground at Jesus’ feet, thanking him for what he had done. This man was a Samaritan.

    17 Jesus asked, “Didn’t I heal ten men? Where are the other nine? 18 Has no one returned to give glory to God except this foreigner?” 19 And Jesus said to the man, “Stand up and go. Your faith has healed you.[b]”

    Matthew 11 also relate to the same context.

    20 Then Jesus began to denounce the towns where he had done so many of his miracles, because they hadn’t repented of their sins and turned to God. 21 “What sorrow awaits you, Korazin and Bethsaida! For if the miracles I did in you had been done in wicked Tyre and Sidon, their people would have repented of their sins long ago, clothing themselves in burlap and throwing ashes on their heads to show their remorse. 22 I tell you, Tyre and Sidon will be better off on judgment day than you.

    23 “And you people of Capernaum, will you be honored in heaven? No, you will go down to the place of the dead.[g] For if the miracles I did for you had been done in wicked Sodom, it would still be here today. 24 I tell you, even SODOM will be better off on judgment day than you.”