John 5:19 (KJV) 19Then 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 states 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.
James 4:5 (KJV) 5Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy?
We take God’s Word seriously; it’s the lamp of our feet, the light of our path. It shows us what to believe and what not to believe, how to behave and how not to behave. We meditate on it—day and night; the works of our hands prosper as a result. It tells us to be faithful to God—to love God with all our heart, mind, soul, and strength. God is a jealous God, and He wants our spirits to be intimate with Him, to be passionately in love with Him.
God’s Word shows us the faithful who have walked before us. We follow their footsteps. There’s always a fork in the road in front of us; we don’t struggle; we’re not confused; our spirits are sure; we’re single-minded and focused. We choose God. We’re committed; we’re devoted to Him. True, not everyone chooses to walk the same path; we have loved ones who choose to walk the broad way and enter the wide gate; we see the devastating consequences of their choices. We won’t trade life in the Son. It’s the greatest life there is. That’s why we turned from ungodliness and turned to God; that’s why we choose God; that’s why we lovingly, wisely, gently, boldly reach out to others.
God’s Word is very clear in many of its instructions; we wholeheartedly submit to its authority and walk in obedience. Some of them may not be as clear; we live out our conviction while lovingly disagreeing with those who don’t see them the same way; no, we don’t desire evil or advocate violence against them; those who do proves that they’re not Christians even if they claim they are. We know Christians by their fruit; the foremost of it is love. This doesn’t mean we agree with everything everyone else believes and approves everything everyone else does. We love God; we follow Him; we honor Him, His will, His Word. We’re steadfast in the Truth, and we love everyone despite all our differences; we love others though they treat us as enemies. This is a heart consumed by love for the Master. Oh such wonder, such beauty.