What The Father Does

What The Father Does

03 August 2010

Today’s Reading: Nahum 1-3; John 5


19 So Jesus explained himself at length. “I’m telling you this straight. The Son can’t independently do a thing, only what he sees the Father doing. What the Father does, the Son does. 20 The Father loves the Son and includes him in everything he is doing…” (John 5:19-20 MSG)

The issue here was that Jesus had healed a crippled man on the Sabbath Day – definitely against the religion rules. To heal was to work and work was not a religiously acceptable Sabbath Day activity. Then when the Jews challenged him about it, Jesus referred to God as his Father, himself as God’s Son. That really set them off!

In his effort to explain, to help them understand what was really happening, Jesus described his relationship with his Father in a way that has always left me spiritually hungry for more. Jesus said that he is unable to do anything independently, but only does what he sees the Father doing. And it’s all because of love, not religious duty!

Jesus’ Father is now my Father. I want to know how Jesus saw the Father’s activity and translated it and applied it to daily life.

I’m not talking about some trance-like experience of looking beyond the boundaries of the physical world and somehow “seeing the Father at work.” (Although I have no criticism of legitimate transcendent experiences.) I’m not talking about a mechanical process or a ritual to practice or the reciting of scriptures. (Although I have no criticism of helpful ritual practices and recitations or prayers.) I’m not even talking about daily Bible reading and prayer. (Although I know those things play an important part and I make them consistent part of my daily activity.)

This is what I’m talking about: I hunger to know and experience the hour-by-hour and even moment-by-moment awareness of the Father – the Father’s thoughts, the Father’s heart, the Father’s words, and the Father’s actions. How about you?


Father, As I think about this incident in Jesus’ story today, please help me get a glimpse of how to develop a greater Father-awareness and a greater sensitivity to the Father’s voice and the Father’s example. I know this sounds like a chorus we would sing at church, but I really want to know you better and live more like Jesus! Amen.

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