Watching our Father

John 5:19   (KJV)   19 Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise.

Jesus humbly stJohn 5.19 - Watching the Fatherates His total dependence on the Father. Apart from the Father, He can do nothing. That’s the Son of God Himself talking. This is an example of perfect surrender; He only does what the Father does. This shows us His sensitivity and intimacy to His Dad. He can clearly see His Father’s activities, His Father’s heart, His Father’s will and His Father’s ways. As the Father has life in Himself, so does the Son. But the Son lovingly, humbly, and willingly submitting Himself to the Father in total dependence is a wonderful display of love in their relationship.

The most valuable works are those of God. The most significant and purposeful life is that which works God’s works. His works are wonderful; His works are best; His works are beautiful. Perfection can’t perform any less: He’s wonderful; He’s great; He reigns in beauty and splendor. Humanity in our best is still flawed. There’s no such thing as a perfect man. Anyone who says they are just proves that point.

It’s when we do only what we see our heavenly Father doing that we do our best and we accomplish the best. Not everything we accomplish matters; we aren’t expected to do everything. God has general will for all of us: all of us need to do them; in those, we’re all the same. But God also has specific callings for all of us; in those, we’re different. What we do and how we do those things are what we see and receive from our heavenly Dad. Our spiritual eyes, ears, and hearts are open; that’s a way we confidently take our steps.


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