John 13:17 - Blessed Are The Acquiescent, Compliant and Obedient Ones.
John 13:17 (NIV) Now that you know these
things, you will be blessed if you do them.
John 13:17 (TEV) Now that you know this
truth, how happy you will be if you put it into
D. L. Moody was a great evangelist and
Christian educator in the late 19th century. He used
to say, The Bible was not given to increase
our knowledge, but to change our lives.
You can receive Gods Word with an open
heart. You can memorize it. You can meditate on it.
And once you finish those things, you will have
loads of Bible knowledge. But the ultimate goal is
for God to use the Bible to change your life.
Jesus told his followers: Now that you
know these things, you will be blessed if you do
them (John 13:17 NIV).
The book of Hebrews has strong words for
people who dont apply the Bibles principles:
We have much to say about this, but it is hard
to make it clear to you because you no longer
try to understand. In fact, though by this time
you ought to be teachers, you need someone to
teach you the elementary truths of Gods word
all over again. You need milk, not solid food!
Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is
not acquainted with the teaching about
righteousness (Hebrews 5:11-13 NIV).
Think about your own life. Are you
consistently applying the Bible truths you have learned?
Or are you still learning the basics?
Hebrews goes on to say: But solid food
is for the mature, who by constant use have
trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.
Therefore let us move beyond the elementary teachings
about Christ and be taken forward to maturity
(Hebrews 5:14"6:1 NIV).
Do you see there how you move on to
maturity? Its not by constant Bible study or
constant conference-going. You become mature by
intentionally, constantly applying what youre learning
in Scripture. You have to put your knowledge
If you have been practicing what youve
learned, then its time for you to start teaching
other people. Teaching is one of the fastest ways
to grow in spiritual maturity. God doesnt
need you to be a perfect teacher; he just needs
you to be available to him.
I challenge you to make three commitments
1. Begin a regular program of Bible
intake by reading it, studying it,
memorizing it, and meditating on it.
2. Accept Gods Word as the final
authority in your life and start doing
what it says.
3. Join a small group Bible study
where you can learn and teach.
Do these things, and youll see
Jesus promise in John 13:17 becoming true for you:
Now that you know these things, you will be
blessed if you do them (NIV). [Daily Devotional
by Rick Warren:
LINKS FOR FURTHER STUDY ON THIS TOPIC
John 13:17 - Humble Obedience Brings
2 John 1:6 - Love and Obedience.
If anyone has a paraphrase, commentary or
testimony on this passage of Scripture, either
personal or otherwise, I would be interested in
hearing from you. Thanks in advance and let's keep
uplifting Jesus that all might be drawn to Him. Fred
LINKS WORTH CHECKING OUT
Most Important Decision in Life:
A Man without Equal by Bill Bright:
Seeking God Made Real:
Prayer Made Real:
Importance of Choice:
http://creationhealth.com/CREATION-Health/Choice [click on video]
Medical Seminar on Healthful Living by David
DeRose, MD, MPH:
LINKS FOR BIBLE STUDIES
Lifting Up Jesus Bible Studies:
Amazing Facts Bible Studies:
Hope Awakens Bible Study Guides:
Glow Tract Video Bible Studies:
LINKS FOR BIBLE PROPHECY SEMINARS
Unlocking Bible Prophecies by Cami Oetman of
Adventist World Radio (currently live):
Hope Awakens by John Bradshaw of IIW:
The Last Day of Prophecy by Pastor Doug
Prophecies Decoded by Pastor Ron Clouzet: