Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own authority, but the Father who dwells in me does his works.
This is hitting me more and more: Jesus never acted on His own, but only in response and in obedience and in union and sync with the Father. So often we talk about and think that Jesus was some kind of super hero with all kinds of power. He had no power exceptional to man. He was a man that lived in union and in obedience to God. SO God was pleased to do stuff through Him.
So often so much of what we do, even in our religious life, is motivated and moved by ourselves. What if we were propelled and motivated, not just into doing good deeds or living right, but into knowing the Father? What if that became the obsession and the focus of our lives, to the point that little else became a worthwile venture for us?
I’ll tell you what would happen. Everything that we do would take on new meaning, new joy, and a new appreciation.
When Jesus made wine, it was the best freaking wine those people had tasted.
When Jesus feasted and dined with people, all of the self-righteous people looked on and said He was a drunk and a partier.
When He was friends with somebody, onlookers were amazed at how deeply He loved them.
When He taught philosophy of life, people marveled and said that they had never heard anyone teach such amazing things before.
I think this is the normal Christian life that God offers us. We just need to get our focus off of second and third tier junk and refocus on the Author and Origin of that Life!