"I can do nothing on My own initiative. As I hear, I judge and My judgement is just, because I do not seek My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me." John 5:30
John 5:19-47 has been referred to as an important, "Christological passage" where Jesus asserts His authority, and it is all based on the special relationship He has with the Father. As I read His Words this morning I became aware of being on Holy ground. We must adhere closely to Jesus’ Words and actions in order to be a follower of Him. We must seek His approval above all else. Jesus says in verse 44:
"How can you believe when you receive glory from one another and you do not seek the glory that is from the one and only God?"
I would define this passage as foundational to be a bondslave of Christ. Firstly from verse 30 we learn we must cease from our dead works. Jesus tells us He did nothing on His own initiative. Lets take a moment to evaluate the works we are doing in our daily lives. Who or what is initiating them? Approval of man or the approval of God? If we do as Jesus did we know we are receiving God’s approval because God Himself has initiated it. Jesus tells us as He hears He judges. Before we make any judgements that are just we too must hear from the Father. How will we know if our judgements are just? He answers that by telling us:
"My judgements are just, because I do not seek My own will, but the will of Him who sent me."
"Not my will, but Thy will be done" is a foundational truth we all must choose to be a true follower of Christ. I believe these verses hold the true keys to a life worth living. I pray we will all follow the example of the relationship that is revealed in these verses with Jesus and His Father. We too were invited by the Father through His Son to enter in that same relationship! What profound love He has for each one of us. May we be awakened to the fact this is the most important relationship we will ever pursue. This relationship will define all other relationships in our lives. I encourage you to go to John 5:19-47 and enter in!
In His love.
As we celebrate Mother’s Day I reflect on the fact becoming a mother has taught me more of the love of Christ than anything else in life could have. I thank God for allowing me the greatest privilege in a woman’s life.
Pictured are my four children with spouses and five incredible grandchildren, (with another on the way) at the end of our kayaking trip on the New River.