Seeing the Father

John 5:19-20 (NLT)

19 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. 20 For the Father loves the Son and shows him everything he is doing. In fact, the Father will show him how to do even greater works than healing this man. Then you will truly be astonished.

Philippians 2:6-7 (Amplified)

Who, although being essentially one with God and in the form of God [possessing the fullness of the attributes which make God God], did not think this equality with God was a thing to be eagerly grasped or retained,

But stripped Himself [of all privileges and rightful dignity], so as to assume the guise of a servant (slave), in that He became like men and was born a human being.

Today as I thought of my freedom to write about whatever I wanted, these scriptures came to mind. I can’t even begin to imagine the full meaning of these verses. Jesus, fully God, one with the Father, becoming a human being and only doing the things he sees the Father doing. Only doing the things he sees the Father doing! I just had to repeat that. So what if in my freedom, I tried to see what it was the Father was doing and I did that!

Jesus prayed that we would be one, like he was one with the Father:

John 17:21-23 (NLT)

 21 I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one—as you are in me, Father, and I am in you. And may they be in us so that the world will believe you sent me.

22 I have given them the glory you gave me, so they may be one as we are one. 23 I am in them and you are in me. May they experience such perfect unity that the world will know that you sent me and that you love them as much as you love me.

He also said we would do greater works:

John 14:12 (NLT)

I tell you the truth, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, because I am going to be with the Father.

So the challenge is not the works, the challenge is seeing the Father. I have never even thought of it this way before. Of all the challenges I have taken on this one, the greatest one, scares me the most. Yet, this one is the one my life should be about. Even if I falter, God is there to show me the way. I imagine myself looking at situations differently – almost like the WWJD movement (What would Jesus do?) But instead of asking what Jesus would do, I would be looking to see what the Father is doing. Boy, this blows my mind! I feel like an ant trying to scale a mountain.

I definitely need to soak in this for a while. I would love to hear of success stories; I know they’re out there. Has there been a time when you knew exactly what you should do? I’m sure if I think about it I would remember a specific time I knew God was moving and I was a part of it. The question is can I be intentional in hearing and seeing what the Father is doing, consistently? And if I can, will I be brave enough to do what I see?

Lord God, in every situation I pray, I would never operate out of my own determination, but I would always seek your guidance and power.

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