"But these are recorded so that you will believe that He is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that believing in Him you will have life" (John 20:31).
What a message you and I have to share. That is why John wrote this entire Gospel, so that we, first of all, might believe, but then also that we might share the good news with all who will listen.
"These are recorded" - the miracles presented in this gospel - so that we might believe. The goal of the book is two-fold: (1) to prove that Jesus was (is) Messiah and (2) that all those who look at the proof might be convinced and thus find eternal life.
The miracles, facts, arguments, instructions and conversations - all are directed toward that end. John's goal (to demonstrate that Jesus is the Messiah), if kept steadily in view will throw much light on the book. The argument is unanswerable, framed after the strictest rules of reasoning, infinitely beyond the skill of man, and having throughout the cleared evidence of demonstration.
All Scripture is given to us for a purpose. The purpose of this particular passage is crystal clear; hence it demands some kind of response from those of us who truly believe. To know the truth is not enough. We must act on it, trusting the Lord of the harvest to make us sensitive and alert to the spiritual needs of those around us.
Today's Action Point
I will seek to be sensitive to the spiritual needs of all with whom I have contact.