Everyone loves John 3:16. It’s on billboards, t-shirts, even football players. But what about John 3:18? While 3:16 is all about the extravagant love of God, 3:18 narrows the focus. Only belief in Jesus Christ will free you from the condemnation of sin. Now you may say that is all well and good. Sure, I believe in Jesus Christ. Who doesn’t? But we are not talking mental assent or agreement in the historical veracity of a man named Jesus from Nazareth. We are talking about moral commitment. This is changing my behavior, my moral habits, my hope and destiny. The way we have undermined “belief” has reduced it to facts without motivation. That is not faith. And this verse is surely speaking of faith, not agreement. Faith motivates to action. Because you believe in Jesus, you act. Because you believe in Jesus, you change. This is the belief in Jesus that frees you from condemnation.
I challenge you today to make your belief matter.