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A CMI Nugget
Dependence on the Father –Christ’s Gift to Us
Then answered Jesus and said unto them, "Verily, verily, I say unto you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what he sees the Father do; for what things…He does, these also does the Son likewise." John 5:19 (KJV)
Jesus wants the best for us. He came to model how we as humans can and should live. God desires that we become like Jesus – He works in our lives so that we desire to be like Him (Romans 8:28-29). God disciplines us so that we seek to become partakers of His character through Jesus (Hebrews 10:12). The Bible says that we should "put off the old man," our old ways of living and thinking, and put on the " new man… after the image of him that created him" (Colossians 3:9-10). We can and should be like Jesus. This is the message of the gospel.
One of the new things that we can learn to do and love, through Christ, is only doing what we know and feel God wants done in each situation in our lives. Jesus said, in the words quoted above, that He only desired and did what He saw His Father doing. He lived in close communion with God. He was able to know what His Father wanted done in His life and in the situations He lived in. He resolved within Himself to only seek and to will to do what He saw His Father doing. He resolved within Himself not to do anything of His own will, but only what He saw His Father doing.
Jesus trusted in the will of His Father. As a sinless person, He did not have to overcome sin in His flesh. As a human being, He did have to overcome the natural inclinations humans have to want to do their own will. He believed that His Father would show Him His will in each situation, and that His Father would give Him the desire and the strength to do it. The Spirit of God was upon Jesus, even as a child, to enable Him to do this (Luke 2:40). When the ultimate test came for Jesus to do the revealed will of God by giving Himself up to be crucified, He spent time in prayer, sharing His heart with His Father, until He was given the grace to be in total agreement with His Father’s will (Luke 22:43; Hebrews 9:14). His commitment to the will of God throughout His life had prepared Him for this time of trial. His experience with His Father and God’s grace in each circumstance had given Him the faith to believe that God’s will was best and was possible in all situations.
God desires that we become like Jesus. He is training us to hear His voice, to know His will, and to seek and do His will in every circumstance. He is willing to do signs and wonders in us, through us and by us so that we can come into a love and knowledge of God’s will and purpose. All this is possible through Christ. Jesus knows the blessedness of living this way. Jesus knows the rewards of living this way. He wants the best for us, and is able to bring the best to us as we seek Him and His will in all places and live as He did, totally dependent on the Father. May God give us the will and the desire to live this way.
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