Jesus says, “Do not let your hearts be troubled (JN 14:1).” But in my personal ministry a missionary lost their 6 month old. There is controversary today over political leaders. Poverty is real and even in our own lives struggles we never expected to have to handle become real too. And yet Jesus says, “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me (JN 14:1)”
Then Jesus clarifies, saying, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the father except through me. If you really know me, you will know my Father as well (JN 14:6).” In a world of infinite information at our fingertips and yet God is speaking outside of that information and Google. He speaks of a relational knowing, the kind of knowing that means you have been affected, moved, shaped, or changed by the other person. That when we begin to see that we do not know, we are capable in sitting in that mystery and allowing Him to work rather than finding understanding ourselves. When we personally experience the presence of Christ in our lives, we are strengthened against having our hearts troubled.
But we can still fail or even forget. We can be fed biased information or get caught up in social media whirlwinds of ‘this’ vs ‘that’. Since the fall of Adam and Eve, we live in a world that is broken. And yet Jesus says, “Do not let your hearts be troubled…. My Father’s house has many rooms …. I am going there to prepare a place for you (JN 14:2).” In other words, the power brokers and pundits do not have the last say, for there is a reality beyond this material world. It is a spiritual reality that defines us much more than the material reality we get so worked up over. When we grasp the reality of our spiritual home, secured for us by Christ, we are strengthened against having our hearts troubled.
The nagging voice at the back of our heads accuses us of being frauds. The challenges we face taunt us with their insurmountability. Our churches are stymied by stagnation and fear. And yet Jesus says, “Do not let your hearts be troubled…. Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these…. (JN 14:12)” That means that your spiritual status implies a mission to serve in this material world. You know Jesus; He has work for you to do. You have a spiritual home; that reality gives you confidence to work in this world. Jesus promises that you will do great works, even if they are counted small by the small minds who see only a material reality.
When we grasp the reality that the work Jesus has given us is of great spiritual value and worth, we are strengthened against having our hearts troubled.
So, who are you going to listen to?
Jesus says, “Do not let your hearts be troubled…. (JN 14:1)”