John 7:16-18

So Jesus told them, “My message is not my own; it comes from God who sent me. Anyone who wants to do the will of God will know whether my teaching is from God or merely is my own. Those who speak for themselves want glory only for themselves, but a person who seeks to honor the one who sent him speaks truth, not lies.”



There was much discussion at the Festival of Shelters about who Jesus was. When Jesus taught at the Temple, the people were in awe of his knowledge. Jesus is responding to the peoples’ question about how he has attained such knowledge without formal training. Jesus’ message comes directly from the Father who sent him. Those who truly want to do the will of God will accept Jesus and his teachings versus those who belong to this world and choose to reject Jesus. Jesus’ message is the truth as he is speaking to honor the Father. In contrast, although the Pharisees were well educated in the law, they spoke to honor themselves.


I must know/recognize that Jesus existed in the beginning, was with God and is God. Therefore, his message is part of God’s plan. In order for me to truly do the will of God, I need to follow the teachings of Jesus and trust Him by turning everything over to him. If I am sharing the Gospel, it is the truth and will bring glory to God. When I skew my conversation and speak highly of myself from a worldly view, this is denying the honor due to God. This lesson is applicable for all and requires no formal training but faith.


Father, Please give me the wisdom to know that Jesus’ message is from you. Let your Spirit guide me to trust you for your will to be done in my life. May I speak truth in a loving way to others that brings honor and glory to you.

-Todd Dawson