Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Walking by Faith...Today

So Jesus explained,  “I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself. He does only what he sees the Father doing. Whatever the Father does, the Son also does. John 5:19 NLT

Jesus makes a startling statement here.
He says that he can do "Nothing by himself." Nothing? Really? I mean, this is Jesus we're talking about here, right? And yet, that's exactly what he says.

What does he mean? Well, I think he means that he doesn't want to do anything except what he sees his Father doing. He only wants to busy himself doing what his Father is doing. He wants to move with his Father as if they are one (funny, I mean they are one. Wait...oh).

In other words, it's so important to Jesus to do what he sees his Father doing that he "Can't" imagine doing anything else with his precious time. After all, he only lived about 35 years. And he only ministered publicly about 3 years. So he didn't have time to waste saving the world, right? That's not much time to save the world.

What about me? Do I have time to waste? Based on what you see me doing day in an day out, you might conclude that I have lots of time to waste. But I don't.

So how do I decide what to do with my time? How do I simplify and prioritize my day? I limit myself to only do what I see my Father doing. If he's not in it, I move on to something else. If I'm having trouble discerning, I need to stop and pray. I need to unstop my ears and listen to my Father for further direction. I may even need to confess sin and ask Father to fill me with his Spirit.

How different would my day look if I actually lived this way? Walking by faith moment by moment listening and acting.

Yes, I'd still be responsible for my family. But my Father already knows about them. Sure I'd need to take breaks to rest. But then that's his idea by design. I'd need to eat but he might prompt me to skip a meal here and there. And that would be okay, wouldn't it.

Father, I confess that too often I rush into my day without really listening to you. And as I go through my day, I confess that I often don't listen expecting you to direct me. As a result, I busy myself doing a lot of things that just don't matter as much as I think they do. I repent of such a presumptuous and arrogant posture. I repent of such foolish behavior!

Lord, transform my thinking about my schedule, my calendar, my To-Do list and my day. Cleanse me from such wicked sin. Forgive me for not walking by faith as if you weren't trustworthy.

I want to walk with you today. I begin now. Holding my daily agenda loosely, I move forward with fear and trembling because I so don't want to disappoint you. I want to really LIVE today! By your grace...I will. In Jesus' name I pray, amen.