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GROWING IN CHRIST

"Guidelines for Living in Christ"

Date published: 05/28/2011

John 5:30 “By Myself I can do nothing; I judge only as I hear, and My judgment is just, for I seek not to please Myself but Him Who sent Me.” (NIV)

Read this verse one more time and think about Who is speaking.  This is Jesus – Your Savior, Lord of Lords, and the Redeemer of mankind.  Needless to say that Jesus was no ordinary person, yet He could do nothing on His own.  Jesus knew that the secret to His power and success was to be fully plugged into His Father.  Jesus said in John 10:30, “I and the Father are one."   To be one with His Father required Jesus to be deep in relationship with Him.  If Jesus depended upon God for His success, how much more do you need to depend on Him?  It was easy for Jesus to do this, because He had already determined that His life would be lived for the sole purpose of pleasing God.  It will be difficult for other things to displace Jesus in your life when you make Him first and seek only to please Him.  Couched between the stark realization that you can do nothing apart from God and a sold out desire to please Him in everything you do, is where we often languish.  We spend much of our life judging others/circumstances, living life independently of God, and being flattened by the circumstances that confront us.  Jesus did not spend His time being consumed by the world, but dealt with life and the world out of the relationship He had with His heavenly Father.  Jesus’ actions flowed out of His relationship with God and what God was speaking into His life.  What a great model for living your own life.  Before you act, are you going to hear God, knowing that His wisdom and direction are best?  The three truths of this verse: you can do nothing apart from God; your actions will flow from what God says; and living solely for God will require you to seek greater intimacy with Him every day.   John 17:3 says, “Now this is eternal life: that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, Whom you have sent.”

John 17:4 “I have brought You glory on earth by completing the work You gave Me to do.” (NIV)