“Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father is in Me; but if you do not, believe me because of the works themselves” (John 14:11)
The argument Jesus presents here is not one of complex theories or abstract concepts; it is one of common sense.
Jesus says, “I can show you better than I can tell you. Don’t believe Me? Just watch.”
Arguing with someone is the worst way to convince them of your point of view.
One reason for this is pride. In order to assent to another’s argument, one must admit that they were previously wrong – a near impossibility for the stubborn and proud.
Pride is one sin that greatly afflicts humanity. It is in our DNA.
Because of pride, we shut our ears to logic and reason, for we stop processing the facts once we hear the words, “You’re wrong.”
Our pride can’t take it, so we deny the truth, often growing resentful and bitter long after. We may nod our heads and smile and agree, but there is no real change in reasoning. And there is no change in behavior – which is the surest evidence of belief.
Jesus was an expert on human nature and psychology.
He didn’t bother arguing about His divinity.
He didn’t systematically lay out His logic and reason as to why people should believe Him. He knew that would be a waste.
He also knew that actions speak louder than words.
“If you don’t believe My words, believe My works.”
This is a lesson we would all do well to remember. Win through your actions, not your arguments.
There is no need to convince people you follow Jesus if they can see it for themselves.