” Therefore Jesus answered and was saying to them, ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, unless it is something He sees the Father doing; for whatever the Father does, these things the Son also does in like manner’.” John 5:19, NASB
These words remind me of a little boy named Tim. My mum often hired his dad to fix things at home and little Tim would come along to ‘assist’ his dad. Wherever dad went, Tim went too. He carefully watched what his father did, as if his life depended on it and peppered him with questions. Far from being annoyed, dad entrusted him with important jobs. He’d say ‘Hand me the hammer Tim!’ and ‘How many screws do we have left?’ For both, this was a precious time of bonding as the adult showing the little man how to live life!
Just as Tim did what his father asked him to do, Jesus tells us in our Scripture, that He only does what He sees the Father doing! So when we see Jesus healing the sick, for example, we know that the vision for healing began with Father God.
Now this raises a question. If Jesus watched His Father and imitated His every word or move, then why don’t we? After all, ‘a student is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his master’ (Matthew 10:24). Like a child, we might need to consider spending more time with our heavenly Father, learning from Him about what He’s doing and what we can do for Him.
Some of us may not understand that we can have a heavenly Father, for no dad has ever spent time with us. We might even feel like we’ve been robbed of something vital, which we’ll never get back. Well, God is the Father we can always run to and ask Him to show us how to live. It was His plan that parents would teach their children how to live, but the reality can often be far from that nowadays. But God Himself hasn’t changed one bit!
So whether or not you’ve known a good father in your life, why don’t you just run to your heavenly Father today. Tug His sleeve and ask Him to show you something! He’ll love it.
Prayer: Father, I thank You that You’ve adopted me. Thank You, because it gives me the right to call You just that, ‘Father – Father – Father!’ Today, I want to be with You, even as I go about my everyday tasks. Would You show me the things You do, so I can do them too. Thank You Dad! Amen.