The way

        “I am the way, and the truth, and the life.
         No one comes to our Abba except through me.”
 —John 14.6

This is not a treasure map for conversion,
not a filter to screen out unbelievers,
no “One Way” directions to some secret entrance
to the favor of God. Jesus speaks
not to unbelievers but to us who already believe.

We want to know “the way.”
There is no “way,” Jesus says,
no set of instructions, no formula,
no Thing You Do to get to God.
He says, “I am the way. Me.
Not beliefs about me, but me, myself.”

We don’t come to God on Jesus’ coattails,
behind him, or beside him,
but through him. Inside him.

Be Jesus. Be God’s self-giving love
embodied in the world.
That’s how you come to God.
Be God’s love for you (yes, yourself!)—
which becomes God’s love for the world.
Get right inside that love. Move through it.

We don’t get close to God by our beliefs,
even our righteous obedience.
We get close through love.

Love is the way, and the truth, and the life.
No one comes to God except through love.

Steve Garnaas-Holmes
Unfolding Light

May 6, 2020

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