Thursday, December 15

Nothing on my own

Scripture: Obadiah, Psalm 145, John 5


Not just one thought today, but two:

John 5:17 Jesus responded to them, “My Father is still working, and I am working also.”

When Jesus was criticized for healing on the Sabbath, this was His response. I love this verse. It reminds me that God is always working, and to be watching for where God is working and what He is doing, and then join Him in His work. 

John 5:19 Jesus replied, “Truly I tell you, the Son is not able to do anything on his own, but only what he sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father does, the Son likewise does these things.

John 5:30 “I can do nothing on my own. I judge only as I hear, and my judgment is just, because I do not seek my own will, but the will of him who sent me.”

Jesus did nothing on His own. He did what He saw the Father doing. He judged as He heard the Father, and He did not seek to do His own will but the will of the Father. All of this was uniquely true of Jesus as the Son of God—no one else has ever done this perfectly. However, it also sets a great example for us who follow Jesus to try to do the same. 


First, remember God is always at work—even when you can’t see it.

Yesterday, I spoke with an old high school friend. We were very close in high school and were brothers in Christ. He abandoned his faith for many years. But God never abandoned him, and a few years ago, he came back to Jesus and has been full on ever since. When we spoke yesterday, he kept praising the Lord. “God is on the throne. God is at work. God loves us so much—we need to tell everybody about God’s love.” And on and on. It was very cool to hear…and it spoke to me.

Right now, in the midst of the difficult things I’m navigating, God is at work! I’m trusting Him.

Second, although Jesus did nothing on His own, I often do! And that’s what gets me in trouble. I want to follow Jesus’ example and do what I see the Father doing. Rather than doing what I want and reacting out of my emotions or selfishness, I want to ask, “Father, what are You up to? What do You want me to do?” 

Obviously, I’ll never do it perfectly like Jesus did. But that shouldn’t stop me from trying!

Prayer: I love You Jesus! Thank You for always being at work in my life and all around me. Help me to see what You are doing and join You in Your work. Help me to not just do things on my own, independent of You, but to seek Your will first and foremost.