“I can do nothing on my own … If I alone bear witness about myself, my testimony is not deemed true.” John 5:30-31
CHANGE is not my favorite. I am someone who appreciates consistency, predictability and plans. It’s the way I am wired. I wake up with my routine in mind. I map out my day, knowing exactly what I need to do and how to do it with the best of intentions. So, when I read Jesus’s words in John, I was totally shaken up. It was as if God took the map out of my hands and said, “Hey! Look at me for one second.”
I’m not sure I’ve ever read this passage of Scripture before and because of that, I totally missed the words Jesus spoke about his own need for God’s power. Even Jesus confessed he could do nothing on his own – he NEEDED the Father. So, why do I (we) feel like we can do it on our own?
If I honestly look at my own life, I know I rely on my own wisdom, strength, and power much too often. I decide what’s best, what’s next, and what’s good for my life. I plan it all out. But, the Holy Spirit reminded me that my way is not the best way. Friends, pointing to Jesus is the ultimate goal. Relying on who he is and not who we are is better. When we focus on that truth we are abiding in Him and are able to drink deep of his love, empowering us to do even greater things than ever could ever do on our own.
Ephesians 3:20 says, “God can do anything … far more than we could ever imagine or guess or request in our wildest dreams.” (MSG). I don’t know about you, but I am grateful for a God whose ways are better than my ways. I am grateful for a God who is more creative, more intentional, and more gracious than I could every be.
God is beyond our wildest dreams and following Him is the greatest adventure of all time! You are invited into that journey. God invites you into the great unknown just so He can show you how great He actually is! Trust Him when He says He is better and more than we could ever imagine.
ASK YOURSELF: What is my biggest hope or dream I have for my life? What steps do I need to take to get out of the way of what God is doing? What would it look like to give that dream to God?
CHECK OUT: “Life of the Beloved” by Henri Nouwen
LISTEN TO: “Spirit Move” - Bethel Music