He has told us beforehand
I have told you these things so that you won't abandon your faith. For you will be expelled from the synagogues, and the time is coming when those who kill you will think they are doing a holy service for God. This is because they have never known the Father or me. Yes, I'm telling you these things now, so that when they happen, you will remember my warning. (John 16:1-4)
Within these verses, Christ warns us of difficulties that his own will face in this life. Though doing good, His own will be persecuted and the pursuers will think they are doing a good service to God! From this text it is clear that persecution will amount from religious people who know about God, but who do know Him. Yet, to those who do know Him, He has bought them with His own blood.
The Good Shepherd
I am the good shepherd; I know my own sheep, and they know me, just as my Father knows me and I know the Father. So I sacrifice my life for the sheep. (John 10: 14-15)
There are many that make the claim of shepherdhood. However, the test lies in the laying down of one's own life for the sake of the sheep. In this sacrificial life, the difference becomes visible between the shepherd and a hireling.
Love of God
The Father loves me because I sacrifice my life so I may take it back again. (John 10:17)
Jesus points us to the reason why God loves him. It is because He sacrifices his life for us. If we love our brother and sister in Christ, we will do the same for them. And the love of the Father will dwell richly in us. When others see this, they will realize that God is in our midst.
If I want glory for myself, it doesn't count. But it is my Father who will glorify Me. (John 8: 54)
Within this verse Jesus explains that the pursuit for own glory is worthless. It is the one whom the Father delights in, that is of great worth. He delights in those who know Him and serve Him.
Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift each of you like wheat. But I have pleaded in prayer for you, Simon, that your faith should not fail. So when you have repented and returned to me again, strengthen your brothers. (Luke 22:31)
Jesus knows us well. He also perceives what is happening in the heavenly realm. In return, He pleads for his own. In His pleading for Simon, he also was thinking of the other disciples, so that Simon's faith will endure and that he will also strengthen them. God usually bestows much on some, so as to equip and strengthen others.
let the children come
Let the children come to me. Don't stop them! For the Kingdom of God belongs to those who are like these children. I tell you the truth, anyone who doesn't receive the Kingdom of God like a child will never enter it. (Mark 10:14)
Within these verses Jesus expresses his desire that we will trust Him. Somehow our intellect can disrupt this trust in Him. Yet, when we will take our brains and condense it, the volume is very small in comparison to the galaxies He has set in place. God wants us to be transparent like a child. A child accepts things knowing there is nothing that he can offer in return, except his trust and thankfulness. Let us trust Him in like manner.
he that waits...
Whosoever keeps the fig tree shall eat its fruit: so he that waits on his master shall be honored. (Prov 27:18)
There is a blessedness to wait upon the Master. It is in our human nature to rush things. Yet, he who attends to his spiritual life and his relationship with his Lord shall be sustained through drought and storms and be honored by God.
Whosoever's hatred is covered by deceit, his wickedness shall be revealed before the whole assembly. (Prov 26:26)
It is God's business to reveal the hearts and minds of mankind. As His holy light penetrates into the hearts everything is laid bare before Him. With Him there is no room for any pretense. Therefore it is within His nature to uncover hatred within the heart. In many cases, it is to the same degree that deceit is being practised, that God reveals the hidden deceit before the whole assembly. Let us strive to live in His light day by day!
How God sees...
Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for you are like unto whited sepulchers, which indeed appear beautiful outwardly but are within full of dead men's bones, and of all uncleanness. Even so you also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within you are full of hypocrisy and iniquity. (Matt 23:27-28)
It is dangerous to our spiritual life to live to be seen by people. Oh how God detests hypocrisy and honours the humble plea of a sinner begging for mercy. There is no salvation for those that pretend. Those that drape themselves with religious duties, but neglect the inward cleansing of the heart. If we truly honour God, we will not neglect the spiritual duty of cleansing ourselves from sin. We will diligently seek out any spot of blemish and bring it to Christ for cleansing. How precious is His blood in dealing with the stains of sin.
But all their works they do to be seen of men; they make broad their phylacteries and enlarge the borders of their garments, And love the uppermost places at feasts... (Matt 23:5)
The motive behind our actions are sometimes more important than the action ourselves. If we are still pleasers of people, we cannot be His disciples. Here is a choice involve.... to be honoured by people or to be honoured by God. God sees inside the heart if there are hidden agendas. Oh may our hearts always be pure and blameless in His sight!