We have a new life in us, a new creation. We are made one with Him. We now have an everlasting life living inside of us. How does this change us, change our walk, our life?
Jesus said something extraordinary in John 5:19- Truly I tell you, the Son is not able to do anything on his own, but only what he sees the Father doing.
There are several other scriptures that say something similar. He does not do anything on His own initiative. Further down in verse 30 He says, “I can do nothing on my own”. And, “I do not seek my own will, but the will of Him who sent me”.
To me these are revolutionary scriptures. They are life changing. They tell us Jesus had a will of his own. However, Jesus said He did not live by His will rather by His Father’s will. He only did what He saw His Father doing.
Do these scriptures apply to us? I think so. If the Son of God had a will He gave up and only did what His Father wanted, I tend to think He wants to live the same life in us. Jesus is living in us through His Spirit. We know we have a will of our own. We deal with it every day.
I could write pages and pages of times in my life I have tried living for Jesus doing some very good, well intentioned things, things I thought would be His will for me but they were from my initiative. Jesus said He did nothing on His own initiative. Nothing. One way He has and is teaching me is to let me do well intentioned things, loving and thoughtful, on my own only to later learn they were not of Him but of me. These lessons are usually very humbling and sometimes, embarrassing. But, they were also valuable learning lessons, only I seem to keep repeating them.
If Jesus gave up His will, I believe He wants us to give up ours for His. When we give up our will for His, He is living His life through us. We are then living His life. All of this happens through faith, waiting and trusting He will show us His will for us each day. The Father showed Jesus everything that Jesus did on this earth. He wants to do the same in us. When we give up our initiative for His, He is living His life through us.