Meeting Jesus Face-to-Face in the Gospel of John: The Invitation

MEME - Colossians 1 v 15, 20

“My purpose is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” (Colossians 2:2-3, NIV)

When I first started going to church, I prayed for one thing and one thing only. God help these people teach my kids about You so they’ll be able to handle the fallout from our divorce.

I knew my decision to leave my husband would hurt our son, who already experienced a three month separation from his daddy, and my stepson, who I would have to leave behind again.

Still, I saw no hope in reconciliation and refused to consider the possibility that I played a part in our constant conflicts.

I planned my escape and desperately sought someone to equip the boys for the inevitable battle scars of a broken family.

My search for a way to help my kids have faith, in a God I didn’t know personally, led me to a life-transforming adventure that began by meeting Jesus face to face in the Gospel of John.

Jesus gently tugged my heart into submission, using His unconditional love and forgiveness to encourage me to stop running from my problems, from my past, from Him, and from myself.

He surrounded me with women of God who equipped me to grow spiritually, instead of making me depend on them to anchor my faith in their ability to believe.

One lady bought me a Bible and insisted it was only through knowing God’s story that I’d be able to know Him personally.

After I got over my initial concerns about her needing mental help or medication, I struggled with a strange desire to see if she was somehow . . . right.

Determined to find out, I started asking more questions, praying, and reading Scripture daily. I accepted Christ as my personal Lord and Savior, on December 14, 2001, and asked the Holy Spirit to make me more like Jesus.

Warning: Growing pains are usually not pleasant or quick in passing.

But grow we did. My husband committed his life to Christ and, in August 2003, we were both baptized with our son, Xavier.

20160214_104310-1By God’s abounding grace, we’re still growing. We celebrated our 22nd anniversary on March 26, 2016, and have been together 25 years. That’s over half my life. Wait. I have to let that sink in for a bit.

 

 

 

 

20160214_104339-1Although some days are harder than others, especially with my current health issues, I’m looking forward to what God has in store for us as individuals, as a couple, as a family, but more importantly, as His beloved children and grateful servants.

To God be the glory, the honor, and the praise!

This is a lifetime commitment, a privilege and an adventure that requires courage, not complacency.

The apostle Paul said Jesus “is the image of the invisible God” (Colossians 1:15, NIV).

To know God better, I can’t think of a better place to start than by meeting Jesus face-to–face through the Gospel of John.

I hope you’ll join me.

In His service,

Xochitl E. Dixon

If you don’t know Jesus, yet, or if you want to know Him and trust Him more, I encourage you to join me next week for “Who is the Word?”

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A version of this article was originally posted on July 8, 2015. After a wild ride of trusting God through a difficult season in my healing journey, I’m ready to resume our journey through the Gospel of John. Together, we can ask God to meet us face to face and transform us from head to heart.

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10 thoughts on “Meeting Jesus Face-to-Face in the Gospel of John: The Invitation

  1. What a great way to start a wonderful adventure in John. Thank you for your constant encouragement, your transparency, and the spark of urgency you communicate to get into God’s word–the only safe 100% safe and true place to find what our heart and soul yearns for. Keep it up!

    • Colleen, I love the way you describe God’s Word as “the only safe 100% safe and true place to find what our heart and soul yearns for.” I’ve searched far and wide to fill my emptiness, to find something that would bring long-lasting satisfaction over the years. I’ve wandered and ran away. But, by God’s incredible mercy, He continues to reveal Himself as the only One who remains constant and true—in all circumstances.

      Jesus is the same yesterday and today and forever (Hebrews 13:8). While there’s no possible way we can learn everything about Him or know Him completely on this side of eternity, I’m looking forward to seeking His face and falling hopelessly in love with the One who loves us perfectly. Hallelujah! I’m so glad we’re on this journey together, Sister! I enjoy learning with you and from you!

    • Thanks, Terry! I hope you will be joining me on this exciting learning adventure. I am looking forward to seeing what God has in store for us! Thanks for your encouragement. You are a gift!

  2. I’m so glad (and blessed) that I read your testimony. I had no idea how you came to the Lord and how He worked to reconcile your marriage. I can attest that your passion for the Lord and your husband is genuine and wonderful to witness!!

    • Thanks for your prayers and encouragement over the years, Karen. This is only a short glimpse of all the glorious things God did before I fell into His waiting embrace. I’m looking forward to sharing more as the series progresses. I’m excited that you are joining us for this amazing adventure, Sister. I look forward to you sharing your insight and your love for God and His people.

  3. It is so encouraging to see how God works in the lives of others – to see how He so often gives us ‘beauty for ashes’ when we commit our ways to Him.
    Thank you for sharing.

    • You are so right, Noelene! When we witness God’s love and grace in the lives of others, we are reminded of His unchanging character and limitless power, as well as the blessings that flow in and through obedience to His Holy Word. He is so faithful, good, merciful, loving, and kind. I hope you will be joining us on this adventure. Your insight will be a blessing, Sister.

  4. My heart is full of joy as I read your precious testimony and your constant seeking of the one and only true God. He has the power to change our lives even when we think our lives are ok without HIM. The seed He has planted in our hearts yearn to want more of HIM. He is the Alpha and the Omega. The Beginning and the end. He is the WORD! Thank Xochi from the bottom of my heart for always sharing no matter what the circumstances are, good or bad. To God be the glory!

    • Praise the Lord! Your joyful and contagious praise bursts through every word you write, Cendy. Thanks for sharing your love for God and celebrating His wondrous works with me, Sister. I’m looking forward to our adventure, glorifying Him as we seek Him and share Him with Spirit-empowered courage, wisdom, and faith.