Imagine living where we do ONLY what we see the Heavenly Father doing. What would fall by the wayside? Which activities would no longer be performed? How would our lives change? This is how Christ lived when He lived among us and it’s how He desires to live within us TODAY. He did only what He saw the Father doing.
So Jesus said, “I speak to you timeless truth. The Son is not able to do anything from Himself or through My own initiative. I only do the works that I see the Father doing, for the Son does the same works as His Father.
John 5:19 TPT
You Doing or the Father Doing
In our days many of us wrestle with a temptation to perform and produce. We contend with others or ourselves to be or do something better. And there‘s usually a barrier in our minds that we’re continually trying to leap. “If I could just…” You fill in your blank. You may not want to be PRESIDENT of the WORLD but more likely than not there is a point of striving in you. Even if it’s accomplishing an elusive personal exploit, there is usually something just beyond our grasp for which we are reaching. And of course this is the case, if we didn’t have goals or agendas we could become some primordial goop soiling our couch. I am not saying we should all be slugs, but having a task to perform is not the issue. The question is whose task is being performed and who is performing it.
To clarify, I am not saying we’re just to lay back as no good, do nothings? But the question that always remains is Who! Who are our tasks for and who is performing them? At the end of the day, all is for Him and done by Him or it’s working against Him and by the strength and life of another.
Rejoice No Longer is it ME
Here is the great news and something we can rejoice in, think of all the time and energy we’ll save by not scampering about working on our own agendas, trying to perform our endless tasks, or struggling to achieve something ultimately higher. This could be a huge weight off the shoulders of many whose lives more resemble a hamster on a wheel than a child of the King.
Here’s another benefit of doing only what I see the Father doing — Rest. We will no longer be entangled by the struggle to figure it all out or achieve an outcome. We’ll live in God’s Peace and the joy of His Life and Solution. When we live as ones only doing what we see the Father doing, we live in the full benefit of Eternal Reward. All our tasks will be His tasks performed through us. We will have the advancing of the Kingdom lived through our lives. We will gain the favor of the Father like we truly want. It will be all off us and emanate from Him, His Will and His Life.
Christ in ME
Living in the reality of doing only what we see that Father doing reminds me of Saint Patrick’s Breastplate prayer.
Christ, be with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me, Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me, Christ on my right, Christ on my left, Christ where I lie, Christ where I sit, Christ where I arise, Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me, Christ in the mouth of every man who speaks of me, Christ in every eye that sees me, Christ in every ear that hears me.
St. Patrick’s Breastplate Prayer.
This reality only truly becomes manifest when Christ’s Life is our life. Christ becomes all when Christ is allowed to be ALL. When everything is done by what the Father is doing, then everything is the Father. Christ will be in and about everything pertaining to us. It is possible and Jesus desires it to be our reality. He didn’t just live this way because He was God, He did it as an expectation of what was truly possible.
For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. [For all things originate with Him and come from Him; all things live through Him, and all things center in and tend to consummate and to end in Him.] To Him be glory forever! Amen (so be it).
Romans 11:36 AMPC
Someone asked me, “What does doing what the Father is doing look like?” In Thursday’s post I will answer this question.
Faith is believing God at His Word (His quickened Word) without the consensus of our flesh, i.e. natural site or human reasoning. Faith also requires that we SPEAK or DO according to that quickened Word; Faith requires our response. And Faith requires that we TRUST GOD TO FULFILL HIS WORD once we have done our part. FAITH Before we can walk by faith we must first believe. And to believe is to trust. Faith is our response to God. Jesus said that He did nothing from Himself. He said as I hear (see) I do… John 5:30 “I am able… Read more »
Deep—-this could carry me through a month of Sundays to take it all in! I’m no scholar; Still, I’m enjoying dwelling on this with the hope that, because you got it, John, the Body will get it, too.
This is my hope as well. Oil running down John’s beard hahaha. It is caring me as well. So glad it touched you LeAnn! Love ya
Thank you, thank you, John, for this timely need met!
For you and me both. This is a dynamic word for my life, I am glad He shared it through me. Blessing you Molly!
We don’t look off into the distance to see what our Father is doing. The Kingdom isn’t a ‘set-up’. We live the kingdom in heart & life, all of it, from mundane to surprising to…GOD so Evident! Christ is Entrance to ALL. Let the task be what it is, it’s not the task at forefront, it’s the joy of seeing Him be who we never could be, in us…as Martha says. We get to (that’s what kids say isn’t it), we get to…enjoy Christ pleasing our Father. This morning I woke up with this in my heart: You fetch Your… Read more »
That is so perfectly true! The Kingdom is in us not something in the unreachable distance. And yes more is coming…thank you for your desire and joy in this. As far as me, I am ready for His fetching aren’t you?! Love you Helen
“…Thy will be done on earth, AS IT IS IN HEAVEN…”
That is perfect! Thank you Bruce, yes that is it.