Being Used by God, Tip #4: Follow the Father - Monday Morning Devotion

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You probably have some good ideas, maybe you even have some great ideas, about what your life should look like and the jobs you want to do. Yet, have you ever stopped to think about God's ideas?

Too often, we think we know what God would want. We concentrate on what feels right or what makes the most sense. But when we switch our focus from me to Him, when we join God's team on earth, amazing things begin to happen.

It's not always easy, we still live in a sinful, fallen world, and it doesn't always make sense, but we can rest assured, when we follow the work He is doing on earth, He will make all things work for good.

Rather than initiating your own plans and asking God to bless them, try to see what God's plans are and join in.

Jesus was God, calling God his own father and making himself equal to him (John 5:18), but He was also the obedient son of the Father. He said to those who wanted to kill him, "I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does." (v. 19)

Jesus was following God's plan. He didn't strike out on new paths, praying to the Father to bless the choices He had made. He prayed to seek and follow God's will for his life, knowing and trusting in his wisdom and strength.

Dear Father, help me, like Jesus, to discern what you are already doing and join in. Help me to work for you and not for me. In Jesus' name, Amen.

(This series is based on a daily devotion from Vicar Nicky Gumbel's "Bible in One Year" Reading Plan. Missed one? You can see them all here.)

john 5:19 the Son does what the Father is doing