“Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.’ “In Jesus’ famed statement in John 14:6, many overlook the offer given to every believer to live in the “way.” Yes, we know He is the truth and life, but knowing His identity as the truth and life can only come by following His way of life.
What do I mean by His “way” of life?
Are we all called to live as a first-century carpenter-turned Rabbi? If it was only that easy. The way Jesus spoke of was a daily life lived in constant discussion with the Father. (John 14:10-11). His method was one of absolute surrender to the voice of His Father. What does this look like in our fast-paced, media-driven culture? It looks like taking each available moment throughout the day to talk with your Father in Heaven. God has an opinion about every thought and choice you make, but He waits for you to ask Him.
Why do we discard this way of life so often?
Some believe that this kind of thought to thought interaction with the Father is not possible. The belief that God’s coexistence with us is unattainable undermines the very reason for Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection. Christ rose from the dead to enable our humanity to possess God’s Spirit. Because of Jesus’ atonement for our sins, God can live within our consciousness. This union of men and God is what makes the good news so good. To believe that God is distant and that only a few can attain this way of life is to dismiss the entirety of Jesus’ purpose. He came to give us life, a life filled with His presence in us.