Maybe you wouldn’t have participated, but Jesus said things that got Him killed. They did not go down easy. And maybe you still struggle with some of what He said. Jesus’ teachings shake us up. They challenge our normal way of thinking. Before we can accept them, we have to know: Are they true? Are they good? Lot’s of people give out advice. How can you decide between them? With Jesus, there is an easy way because He said His words came directly from God.
Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own authority, but the Father who dwells in me does his works. (John 14:10)
If what He said didn’t really come from God, then there’s no point in paying attention to them. If He lied about that, He wasn’t speaking the truth. But how can you know? Here’s the test: You can ask God directly to show you whether or not Jesus spoke His truth. Simply ask Him. If you really want to know, God is fully capable of showing you what you need to know. The kicker is whether you really want to know!
So Jesus answered them, “My teaching is not mine, but his who sent me. If anyone’s will is to do God’s will, he will know whether the teaching is from God or whether I am speaking on my own authority. (John 7:16-17)
The way to test the authenticity of Jesus’ teachings is to ask God to show you. But first, carefully assess your own motivations. Do you sincerely desire to do what God wants? Is it possible that you would prefer to argue, and prove your own ideas to be superior? Or, perhaps you are afraid? The only one who can answer these questions is you. Which makes it tricky because we like to deceive ourselves. As strange as it seems, it is possible for us to try to fool ourselves! Astonishing, really… But with the questions about wanting to do God’s will, it is important for us to be brutally frank.
When we stand in the place of really wanting to conform to God’s design and intention, we are completely humble and surrendered. We let go, put down our own pride and ideas, standing defenseless before Him. And it is there, Jesus said, in that condition, we will know if what He spoke was from God.