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Today’s 333 Devotional: “Our Relationship with the Father”
Our relationship with the Father should be no different than Jesus’s relationship with Him, which speaks to dependence, obedience, and intimacy.
“Then Jesus answered and said to them, ‘Most assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner. For the Father loves the Son, and shows Him all things that He Himself does; and He will show Him greater works than these, that you may marvel.’” (John 5:19-20)
• It is a dependent relationship because Jesus said He could do nothing but what He sees the Father doing.
• It is an obedient relationship because whatever the Father does, that’s what Jesus does.
• It is an intimate relationship because the Father loves Jesus so much that He reveals to Him all things.
In the end, what such a dependent, obedient, and intimate relationship produces is greater works.
Jesus was dependent upon the Father every day, waiting patiently for whatever the Father’s will was, and then He obediently went and about doing whatever He was told.
We see such intimacy, obedience, and dependence even at the very end when Jesus was in the Garden of Gethsemane.
It says He went deeper in and prayed with such fervency that the blood vessels in His forehead popped. And what the Father revealed, Jesus obeyed, even when it meant His death, taking upon our sins, and for the first time since the beginning of time would be separated from the Father.
Jesus said, “Father, if it is Your will, take this cup away from Me; nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done.” (Luke 22:42)
The nearer and more dependent and obedient we become upon the Father’s will, the more of God’s promises will be fulfilled in our lives.
The Father cares for us, calling us sons and daughters, children of His, and like Jesus, He will every day make known to us His will.
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