Scripture: Nahum 1-3, John 5

John 5:36 But I have a witness on my behalf which is even greater than the witness that John gave: what I do, that is, the deeds my Father gave me to do, these speak on my behalf and show that the Father has sent me.


Jesus said that His Father gave Him deeds to do.  Earlier in this chapter, He said, I am telling you the truth: the Son can do nothing on his own; he does only what he sees his Father doing. What the Father does, the Son also does.” (5:19) And, “My Father is always working, and I too must work.” (5:17)

Of course, all this is evidence of Jesus’ unique relationship with the Father.  He is the one and only Son of God, and His deeds were evidence of His identity.

He is also our example, so although we don’t do it perfectly like He did, this is our model: we do what we see the Father doing, or do the things the Father has given us to do.  Paul wrote, “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” (Ephesians 2:10)  God has things He wants us to do, “deeds our Father gave us to do.”  Some of these are clearly stated in Scripture; others are discerned in prayer and the leading of the Holy Spirit.

Today, I want to live like Jesus.  I want to ask, “Father, what have You given me to do right now?” and then do that.

Prayer: Lord, help me to know what You want me to do, and then do it!