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Jesus learned dependence and so must we

From our houseboat view on the lake tonight, the fireworks were fantastic. The rain threatened us for a while, but soon enough went away. The celebration was great. But tomorrow we’ll keep on celebrating – every day seems to be Independence Day in America. We prize our independence mo…
By Seth Barnes
By Seth Barnes

From our houseboat view on the lake tonight, the fireworks
were fantastic. The rain threatened us
for a while, but soon enough went away.
The celebration was great. But
tomorrow we’ll keep on celebrating – every day seems to be Independence Day in America. We

prize our independence more than just
about any nation.

In contrast, look at Jesus – even as a 12 year-old, Jesus
understood that he had to be about the Father’s business. Later in life, as a miracle-worker, Jesus’
dependence on the Father was total. “The
son can do nothing by himself; he can only do what he sees the Father doing.” (John 5:19), “By myself I can do nothing; I judge only as I hear.” (John 5:30), “My teaching is not my own. It comes
from Him who sent me.” (John 7:16).

Jesus modeled a life we as his followers are to
imitate. If the Son of God had to learn
dependence on the Father, then so must we.
The Bible says God has stored up good works for us to do (Eph. 2:10). James 1:17 says every gift comes from the
Father. Understanding this, if we are to
do the good works the Father has stored up for us, we must learn to pay
attention to what we see and hear the Father doing, and we must learn how to
depend on Him.

How do we practice this dependence? We know that the Father is rescuing the lost,
healing the sick, and setting the captives free. We might begin by asking the Father for His
heart of compassion. Then we might ask
Him where He’s working and how we can join Him.

Of course the real test comes as we step out in obedience
based on what we see and hear Him doing.
The more frequently we risk by trusting Him to show up, the more He’ll
prove Himself trustworthy.

Comments (2)

  • Thanks Seth…pretty pic and I am with ya on the obedience/dependence. As an independent twit, I have come to realize that ‘Dependence’ is a good thing. Paradigm shift!!!
    Happy 4th on the 5th!

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